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Just love to doodle. It helped to collate my thoughts for writing about my journey spent in art therapy.
Having participated in art psychotherapy for many years I can tell of the benefits it has brought to my life. Free expression of past experiences and indulging into the creative world has allowed me to explore my sub conscious of hidden trauma. A three way relationship between myself, art and therapist has created an affinity which has drawn upon my emotions.
It should not be confused with occupational therapy, nor should it be perceived as a leisurely art session as this would be far from the truth. Art Psychotherapy has brought to light life experiences that have chipped away at the epicentre of the underlying causes having laid hidden for many years.
It has not been an easy journey, but one of determination and strength.
My early experiences in art psychotherapy were incredibly difficult. Trust was at an all time low and I perceived my world as a dark and isolated place. It was difficult to explain my inner turmoil so I let the art do the talking. I must have spent a whole year marking art and with the utterance of few words I eventually began to find the confidence to engage with my images and began to talk about them. This would never have happened had I engaged in talking therapy alone. Of course I also give credit to an excellent therapist!
Yet it saddens me to learn that psychological services are being cut in many hospitals to what I thought was due to a lack of funding. At Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust, it seems I have been very misled into thinking this is the case. Having over heard a conversation between NHS staff, art psychotherapy has been branded "...a waste of money ..." Now I know the real reason and the truth behind the decisions to rid of a valuable therapy that has benefited so many people over the years.
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