Liz Orchard BA Hons (Fine Art). PG Dip Art Psychotherapy. Adv Dip in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts. PG Dip Child and Adolescent Counselling.
"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become" - C.G. Jung
What is art psychotherapy?
When art is made, it is not used for diagnostic purposes, but rather it is valued as an authentic means of expression and non-verbal communication. This is unique and personal to each individual. In these moments, relief from confusing and distressing emotions can arise quite naturally and be supported by the therapeutic relationship, this being the most important aspect of the work. Through the relationship, feelings of trust and safety emerge to provide a safe place from which individuals can search for new insights, and find personal meaning. Therapy also provide a reflective space where people can be helped to develop inner resources, and the enhanced self-understanding that leads to personal growth and change.
Because I recognise that not everyone wishes to engage solely with the art making process, I also provide a broad range of alternative creative mediums. I incorporate the use of clay, sand tray, movement and drama, dressing-up, puppets and play. I have also recently developed an interest in storytelling / making and its uses as a therapeutic medium.
A Bit About Me.
I have worked for over fifteen years with children and young people. For over ten years as a mental health nurse (including child psychiatry, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, acquired brain injury) and for over five years as an art psychotherapist in CAMHS. I have also worked for over ten years with adults (mental health, disabilities, dementia and end of life care) in both the NHS and residential /private homes, and volunteered as a hospice counsellor.