Art therapy

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy, in which art can be used instead of words or together with words in the session. You don’t need to be an artist in order to use art media; your abstract images are as welcome as your representative ones.

Art materials have a special quality to absorb difficult feelings like frustration, anxiety or anger, and can help you feel more relaxed and at ease while only playing with them. Making images or objects could help you on a different level. They become a visual expression of feelings and thoughts. Created images and objects can be powerful tools for working through, ‘digging’ and processing difficult situations, confusion or obstacles in your life. You can use them to monitor your progress: reflect on them during the session you create them in, but also come back to them later; refer, compare and use them as stepping stones of where you have been, are now and where you would like to be. We can both look at your images, and reflect on them together.

Every personal journey is different, and there is not ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ way of being in therapy. My role will be to provide the safe space for your explorations, and to guide you and accompany you in your journey, while you are searching for meaningful answers and directions.

Galina’s experience

I am an Art Psychotherapist based in London, state registered with HCPC (Health Care Professions Council), and member of BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists). I gained my MA Art Psychotherapy qualification from Goldsmiths, University of London. My first training was in Fine Art.

I have experience working in supportive environments with both adults and children, and have facilitated individual and group therapy at schools, charity organisations and privately. Part of my experience comes from working with children and young people with difficult behaviour, physical and learning disabilities and autism. I also deliver therapeutic workshops to variety of groups: school professionals, parents of children with special needs, over sixties group and people living with dementia.

In my work I use psychodynamic and person centered approaches. My practice includes working with people who have experienced trauma and child abuse, depression, anxiety, low self esteem, bereavement and loss.

As a therapist I can offer you a safe space where you can explore uncomfortable issues, difficult situations and uneasy feelings. Every thought or feeling is welcome; you will be accepted unconditionally and without judgment. If words are not enough in order to express your inner landscape, then within reach you can find the art materials. You could use them to express your inner self better, and to expand the creative part of your personality. It would be a privilege to start the journey together with you.