Access Art Therapy is an art psychotherapy practice led by Aisling Fegan. Therapy sessions are available online, for people living across the United Kingdom and Ireland.
What is art psychotherapy?
Art therapy, also known art psychotherapy is a type of psychological therapy (rather than an art class or hobby) that uses creative practices like drawing, painting, collage, and sculpting to communicate and contain thoughts and feelings that are too difficult to express with words alone. Sometimes there simply are no words.
Art psychotherapy groups offer space to think creatively with others. There are no set themes. You do not have to make art. The content of your therapy, including any artwork created, is strictly confidential.
Who is art psychotherapy for?
It is suitable for adults who are suffering because of difficult social environments, emotional distress, low mood, worry, traumatic life events, eating difficulties, loss or exhaustion. You do not need to have any skills in art to make use of art therapy.
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Aisling Fegan (she / her)
I am an Irish artist and community art psychotherapist. With a lived experience of wellness owed to a therapeutic community, I am passionate about developing health and social care services and training which hold service users' authentic experiences at the heart of what they do. I am breaking down stigma.
The therapy that I offer is centred around your experiences, thoughts and feelings. It is a safe and non-judgement space where your political and social experiences matter. Trauma matters. This type of therapy is not a quick fix. We are working within a process, full of depth and meaning. Our work together is led by you. We will work at your pace.
Organisations I have worked with include: Latimer Community Art Therapy, Solas Mind, Action for Refugees in Lewisham, Swiss Cottage School, SweetTree Homecare Services, the Bray Lakers (Ireland), Cranstoun’s Trelawn House, South West London and St Georges NHS Trust, Age UK, Kensington and Chelsea Memory Service (NHS), Schoen Clinic Chelsea, and Studio Upstairs. Experienced in operations leadership, I am also a former Senior Dementia Advisor for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
International Diploma in Group Work, Group Analysis India (Aug 2021 – ongoing / July 2022)
Certificate: An introduction to working with people with eating disorders and body dysmorphia, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation, London (Oct 2020 – June 2021)
Foundation Certificate in Group Analysis, Institute of Group Analysis, London (Oct 2019 – July 2020)
Masters in Art Psychotherapy (with Distinctions), Goldsmiths, University of London (Sept 2012 – June 2015)
Degree in Model Making and Design for Film and Media (Pass with Merit), Institute of Art, Design and Technology Ireland (Sept 2004 – May 2007)
I have a valid DBS, ICO registration, HCPC registration (AS15235), associate membership with the Institute of Group Analysis and the Group Analytic Society International, BAAT membership and the appropriate insurance for online and face-to-face therapy.
Initial conversation: no fee
Individual therapy (50 minutes): £60
Weekly group therapy: £20
'Pay what you can afford' option available.