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Art Therapy in Chelmsford

CJK Counselling & Psychotherapy in Chelmsford

Catherine Kiff MA, DIPCC, DIPPCC, MBA. an Adult, Child and Adolescent Counsellor and Psychotherapist based in Chelmsford in Essex.

I am a fully qualified and registered integrative arts psychotherapist with many years’ experience in working with clients with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, grief, loss, trauma, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, bi-polar disorder, eating disorders, family and relationship problems.  I specialise in art therapy art therapy, a technique based on the idea that creative expression can have a positive effect on healing and mental well-being. Art therapy is not used as a diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues.

What is Art Therapy?

Simply put, art therapy is a style of psychotherapy that uses art and other artistic mediums to help people explore and express their thoughts and emotions in a unique way. I use art therapy techniques to encourage my clients to explore emotions, develop self-awareness and social skills and cope with stress or boost self-esteem.

How Can Art Therapy Help me?

Art expression is a form of non-verbal communication. For children, adolescents and adults who find it hard to articulate sensations, thoughts, emotions or perceptions, art is a tool that can be used to communicate what may be difficult to convey with words. Art therapy is a way to communicate unspeakable events and emotions. It is a sensory-based approach that enables my clients to communicate on different levels, including visual, tactile and kinesthetic.

Who Can Art Therapy help?

I can use art therapy techniques to work with children, young people and adults of all ages with a wide range of abilities, difficulties, diagnoses, and goals. People who may particularly benefit from art therapy include anyone who finds it difficult to talk about their experiences or emotions, examples include:

  • High stress or low self-esteem
  • Chronic or terminal illness
  • Mental health problems
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Abuse victims
  • Depression