Art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process is both healing and life-enhancing, and exploring one's creativity allows for the discovery of personal meaning and strengths.
Art therapy can also be a fun 'play space' for adults, used as a distraction from physical symptoms, to relieve stress and promote feelings of wellbeing and positivity. Traditional psychotherapeutic theories and techniques are combined with an understanding of the psychological aspects of the creative process. Art making is seen as an opportunity to express oneself imaginatively, authentically and spontaneously, an exercise that can lead to increased self-identity coherence. Art therapy also offers the opportunity to develop personal insights and meanings that can lead to positive feelings of empowerment and a reduction of physical and spiritual pain and stress.
No previous experience or skill is needed to benefit from art therapy, or to join one of our art therapy sessions. These can take the form of:
- Open studio sessions where participants can create personal art projects in a supportive environment
- One-to-one sessions with our art therapist
- Group sessions on different themes such as reminiscence
Art therapy sessions are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the hospice in Wroughton and on Wednesdays at the Outreach Centre at Savernake Hospital, Marlborough.