Access Art Therapy is a Croydon-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.
Known as Ash, I’m an HCPC registered art psychotherapist. My practice is based in South London, but I also conduct therapy sessions online. I work with people of all ages who are facing a broad range of issues including trauma, bereavement, work-related stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, domestic violence, abuse, OCD, personality disorders, dementia and carer related stress.
I worked as a Clinical Lead with Latimer Community Art Therapy in the immediate aftermath of to the Grenfell Tower fire, where I provided art psychotherapy for children and adults affected by the fire at various sites across North Kensington.
I have worked within schools, charities, domiciliary care, and NHS settings including 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 with distinction from Goldsmiths University. I am currently undertaking further training at the Institute of Group Analysis and am an active student member of the Group Analytic Society International. 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. Paying for this service should not create a barrier for anyone wishing to access therapy.