Art Psychotherapy

Art Psychotherapy / Art Therapy: 

I am an Art Psychotherapist - HCPC Registered.

I have over 30 years experience as a practitioner with individuals and groups:

I am a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). 

My approach and integrative framework is 'trauma-informed pluralistic art psychotherapy & psychotherapy'

I adhere to the HCPC's (2016/2024) Standards of conduct, performance and ethics and work within the HCPC's (2023) Standards of Proficiency - Arts Therapists.

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What is Art Psychotherapy / Art Therapy?

"Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication." (British Association of Art Therapists, BAAT)

For more details, see BAAT's summary: What is Art Therapy?

Art Psychotherapy / Art Therapy: a coherent approach

Practice in art therapy / art psychotherapy and counselling / psychotherapy requires "a coherent approach" (HCPC, 2023, BACP, 2022, 2024). My 'coherent approach' features a coherent whole which has a governance CORE of good governance, ethics, laws, and related standards and competences. This core supports and nourishes an integrative framework guiding the diverse ELEMENTS of evidence-based theories and associated practices. My integrative framework is 'trauma-informed pluralistic art psychotherapy & psychotherapy' (Sibbett, 2003, 2014, 2016, 2019) and trauma informed  pluralistic counselling / psychotherapy (Cooper & McLeod, 2011, 2015; McLeod, 2015, 2018; McLeod & Sundet, 2016; Cooper & Dryden, 2016) which I synthesised with trauma-informed care principles (SAMHSA, 2014; Sweeney et al, 2016). This is based on a relational integrative model of health, grounded in eco-biopsychosocial and systemic models, earth-caring values, and common factors research. It is a humanistic approach, informed by other evidence-based theories such as psychodynamic and attachment, systems, ecopsychology etc. It also encompasses eco practice: promoting eco-creativity and a reciprocal caring relationship with and for the rest of Nature.

I mainly use a metaphor or symbol of a tree to represent coherent approach featuring a coherent whole with its governance CORE supporting and nourishing an integrative framework guiding the diverse ELEMENTS of evidence-based theories and associated practices.

See Pluralistic Art Psychotherapy & Psychotherapy for more details.

Coherent approach

Tree metaphor:
a coherent whole
supporting an
diverse ELEMENTS

Golden Tree Pearl
Golden Tree Pearl.
Artwork (c) CS 
Floating Lights.
Artwork (c)CS
Sycamore Tree
Sycamore Tree. Photograph  (c)CS

“I maintain that there is a desperate social need for the creative behaviour of creative individuals.” 

(Rogers, 1996: 347)

“The mainspring of creativity appears to be the same tendency which we discover so deeply as the curative force in psychotherapy - man’s tendency to actualise himself, to become his potentialities.”

(Rogers, 1996: 350-351)

“Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.” 

(Sir Ken Robinson)