Aberdeen Art Psychotherapy Department

What We Do

What is Art Psychotherapy?

Art psychotherapy, sometimes simply called Art Therapy, is a treatment that aims to bring people to a better understanding of themselves and their problems. By making use of the creativity that we all have deep inside us, it can help people to change their lives for the better. All this takes place in a safe and confidential setting.

Do I have to be good at Art?

No, not at all. No one is judged on their artistic ability. Making the artwork is the important thing.

Who can benefit from Art Psychotherapy?

All of us have problems at some time in our lives these can include psychological,, personal and relationship difficulties. Art Psychotherapy can help people to deal with issues like these.

How do I access the service?

You can be referred by your doctor, or by any health care professional who is treating you.

What happens then?

You will be invited for a first meeting with an Art Psychotherapist to talk over whether this is a suitable way forward for you. The therapist will be happy to answer any questions you may have. The therapy itself will take the form of either group work or one to one sessions with the Art Psychotherapist. One to one sessions usually last an hour, once a week or once a fortnight. Group sessions generally last about two hours.

How long will it take altogether?

This depends on you and your particular problems. The time for ending therapy is usually decided by agreement between you and your therapist.

Who will be treating me? Where?

Art Psychotherapists are highly trained, fully qualified and State-registered. They must work within recognised guidelines, so that you can be sure of safe and professional treatment. The Specialist Art Psychotherapy Service has its own building in the grounds of the Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen.

How do I find out more?

You can contact us at Specialist Art Psychotherapy Service, Garden Villa, Royal Cornhill Hospital ,Aberdeen ,AB25 2727 Tel 01224 557407/557339