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Art Psychotherapy (Midlothian)

The service gives people the opportunity to work with their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing using art materials alongside talking.

Those who attend Art Psychotherapy will learn more about themselves, their relationships and their feelings and through this awareness begin to make changes in their lives. We offer one-to-one therapy and group work.

The art materials can give a voice to feelings that are hard to express. Sometimes words may not be easy, but squeezing wet sticky clay, drawing, painting or cutting things up can give expression to something deep down. 

During the COVID19 pandemic we have been exploring new ways to deliver our service.  Please see below for what is currently available.

Online Art therapy group

We are currently piloting a new weekly Art therapy group on Monday 1.00-2.30pm on Zoom. This is open to anyone who has been referred or has self-referred to the Art Psychotherapy service and who is not currently engaged in either of our groups, or who has just recently ended their therapeutic support.

The group does not require weekly attendance and can be used as frequently or infrequently as you like. Attending this group does not affect your position on the Art Psychotherapy waiting list for one to one or long-term group support. We ask that anyone intending to join, email us by midday on the day they wish to attend, and we will forward the Zoom details.

For further information please contact: 

Andrea: andrea.spink@health-in-mind.org.uk
Louise: louise.johnston@health-in-mind.org.uk
Call: 0131 663 1616

Six Month Art Psychotherapy Group

We are currently looking at setting up a six month Art Psychotherapy Group. This is for individuals currently seeking group art therapeutic support for six months, who have some previous experience of therapy. If you're interested, please get in touch using the contact details below. 

Art Psychotherapy Year-long Group

The year-long group uses creative and therapeutic processes to explore individually and collectively, thoughts and feelings and how we relate both to ourselves and to others. The group is helpful to those who may have experienced past trauma and/or loss. It offers a safe and supportive environment to bear witness to difficult experiences and to begin processing these. It can help people gain new perspectives and better coping strategies and can help people to connect more deeply with themselves and with others.

The current group started in June 2019. We are currently taking referrals for the next yearlong art psychotherapy group which will start at the end of 2020.

How to access the service

There is currently a waiting list for 1-1 art psychotherapy, however, we are prioritising assessments and individuals can access the online weekly group as soon as they have had an initial referral meeting. New referrals are offered an initial assessment of up to 3 sessions with a further session to review. This helps to determine whether art psychotherapy support is appropriate and to potentially signpost individuals to other supports.

If you would like more information or are interested in referring yourself or someone else please contact,
andrea.spink@health-in-mind.org.uk or louise.johnston@health-in-mind.org.uk

 

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