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Welcome to my art psychotherapy pages

What is Art Psychotherapy?

Please note that face-2-face sessions are now taking place under Covid-19 safety protocols. ZOOM sessions are offered where shielding or distance is relevant.

​​Art psychotherapy is an effective therapy for emotional difficulties, and can provide a safe exploration for personal creativity. It can help those who find verbal therapy difficult or impossible.  You do not have to have psychological issues to benefit from art psychotherapy. You do not need to be good at art, or have artistic experience, and there is no focus on an end product.

I run my practice from a quiet, spacious dedicated studio, in Uckfield East Sussex. I also have the choice to work in a ground floor studio, with outdoor space, for those with mobility issues. The building has a wheelchair accessible toilet. I am experienced at peripatetic work in the community such as schools or in the case of chronic illness. 

My approach is essentially client-led and psychodynamic, working at the clients pace with whatever the client wants to explore or seeks to understand. I utilise a wide choice of materials and aim to empower clients to find their own voice. Each client is different and therefore the amount of sessions a client needs varies. I suggest a initial free meeting to answer these and any other questions that you may have, and to see if and how we can work together, with no obligation. This would take place at my studio.  

My approach is essentially client-led and psychodynamic, working at the clients pace with whatever the client wants to explore or seeks to understand. I utilise a wide choice of materials and aim to empower clients to find their own voice. Each client is different and therefore the amount of sessions a client needs varies. I suggest a initial free meeting to answer these and any other questions that you may have, and to see if and how we can work together, with no obligation. This would take place at my studio.
  

How we will work together?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing)
Suitable for trauma, however small or life changing it maybe, EMDR works rapidly to move past the trauma to reach a point in life where the individual can live free of its grip. Although EMDR has became renown for its work with PTSD sufferers (Vietnam veterans originally), it can work with phobias, pain, addiction, abuse cases, OCD and many more issues. What is important is an assessment for suitability for EMDR prior to any actual processing beginning. (Unlike talking therapy or counselling, EMDR works with out the need to voice or speak, describe or detail any issue, which can be important for shame based trauma work, and in cases of limited speech or non-verbal clients. Please ask for a detailed explanation of EMDR, and I will be happy to help. 

 

My Story

Art has always been central to my identity and I am lucky as it has always informed my career as well as in my personal life. After much graduate and post graduate study, I eventually managed to successfully blend my love of art and science into a career,  until my professional life took me to some pretty uncreative places.

Much earlier in my career, whilst working with vulnerable children I became aware of the work of art psychotherapists, and their positive impact on abused children, particularly non-verbal children. It was this powerful memory that propelled me to retrain as an art psychotherapist. 

I welcome different emotional issues, ages and abilities into my practice, and I have experience working with a many different issues. These range to include anxiety, depression, autism,  trauma such as PTSD, and sexual and physical abuse and incest. Some individuals need support with issues around past and present life events such as divorce. I have a body of experience working with children and adults affected by terminal illness, life altering conditions, death and grief.

In addition to my private work I have experience of working  within a children's hospice, an NHS setting supporting adults with learning disabilities, and a school supporting primary and secondary age children with SEN and MDL needs.

 

 I am passionate about the role of art in prisons and the role of art in ex-offenders lives, and I am a Koestler Arts Mentor.

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Qualifications

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Art therapy is a Masters Degree Level Training and is a protected title, regulated by the Health Care Professions Council. Art therapists are registered with the British Association of Art Therapists and follow their Code of Ethics.

Art Psychotherapy MA (Goldsmiths)

Fully Qualified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) Therapist (UK EMDR Accredited Training)

BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) full member No: BAAT reg no: 41344

HCPC registered (Health Care Professions Council) HCPC reg no: AS15962,

Fully Insured (Howdens)

DBS registered (Enhanced)

Koestler Arts Mentor

To contact me for a free talk and to see if art psychotherapy or EMDR is for you, please contact me:

 email: paularhymesart@gmail.com

Telephone: 07852912046

The studio, New Olives, High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1QE

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