Access Art Therapy is a London based art psychotherapy practice led by Aisling Fegan, an HCPC (Health Care Professionals Council) registered art psychotherapist.
What is art psychotherapy?
Art therapy is a type of psychological therapy (rather than an art class or hobby) that uses creative practices like drawing, painting, collage, and sculpting to provide an accessible way to communicate and contain thoughts and feelings that are too difficult to express with words alone - sometimes there simply are no words.
You don’t need any artistic ability to benefit from art psychotherapy, and there is no requirement to produce art in these sessions. Access Art Therapy sessions are suitable for people of all ages, and the content of your therapy, including any artwork created, is strictly confidential.
Who is art psychotherapy for?
Art psychotherapy can be particularly helpful for people who are suffering because of the COVID-19 pandemic, trauma, bereavement, stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, memory difficulties, displacement, loss, and separation. We provide online art psychotherapy sessions for both children and adults living across the UK.
As well as individual sessions, Access Art Therapy also offers group art psychotherapy sessions, which create a strong sense of togetherness and can be particularly useful during times of change or crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Groups sessions offer a dynamic environment that helps participants gain a deeper insight into their experiences while maintaining the capacity to think and reflect safely with others. These non-judgemental spaces are underpinned using psychodynamic and group analytic thinking.
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Online Large Groups (Available on request)
Known as Ash, I am a white Irish female, artist and HCPC art psychotherapist; with a lived experience of wellness owed to a therapeutic community. I am passionate about equality and service user led recovery.
Based in the United Kingdom, I conduct art psychotherapy sessions online. My approach is underpinned using psychodynamic and group analytic thinking. I work with families, young people aged 10-19 and adults, who are facing a broad range of issues including racism, isolation, eating disorders, bereavement, work-related stress, anxiety, depression addiction, domestic violence, abuse, OCD, personality disorders, dementia and carer related stress.
Specialising in trauma, I have 8 years of community outreach experience. I have worked in a diverse range of settings; including the Schoen Clinic Chelsea, Latimer Community Art Therapy, Action for Refugees in Lewisham, Swiss Cottage School, SweetTree Homecare Services, the Bray Lakers (Ireland), Cranstoun’s Trelawn House, the Shaftsbury Clinic (NHS), Age UK, Kensington and Chelsea Memory Service (NHS), and Studio Upstairs. An experienced operations manager, I am also a former Senior Dementia Advisor for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
I hold a Masters Degree in Art Psychotherapy, qualifying from Goldsmiths University in 2015. As an associate member of the Institute of Group Analysis and the Group Analytic Society International, I am actively learning and engaged in continual development. I have a valid DBS, ICO registration, HCPC registration (AS15235), BAAT membership and the appropriate insurance for online and face-to-face therapy.
I offer an initial 30-minute phone consultation free of charge.
Individual art psychotherapy costs £60 for 50 minutes.
Art psychotherapy groups run in 10 week blocks at a rate of £20 each week.
Fees will be discussed on a case-by-case basis as part of an initial conversation and they can be negociated. Paying for this service should not create a barrier for anyone wishing to access therapy.