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Personal Therapy for Adults 
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Whether you are an adult in crisis, carrying emotional wounds from long ago, dealing with stressful / emotional difficulties and are in need of support, or simply wanting to explore issues that are holding you back from reaching your full potential then Art Therapy Works can help you find a solution to discover a healthier sense of self. Come and experience a creative approach to healing in a safe and confidential setting using art, sandplay and puppet therapy.

Some adults have a specific problem that they would like help in understanding and processing such as:

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AdultsAdults can sometimes find it hard to express what they are feeling through the conventional methods of talking therapies. Art, sandplay and puppet therapy as a personal therapy can help you process your feelings through a creative process. You do not need any artistic skills just a willingness to experiment using the different art forms. This is your time to experiment, play, and grow by discovering personal imagery and metaphor in a supportive environment.

Short excerpt from a process with a 43yr old female client
MobileGillian (pseudo name) began gathering objects such as shells, stars, string, twigs and woollen material. She allowed herself to be spontaneous, and experienced laughter and feeling like a child as she stuffed the objects into her pocket. She had no idea why she chose these particular objects but went along with what she felt she wanted to do. The woolly material felt soft against her skin. The process seemed to capture her and she began using the objects to create a mobile.

During the verbal reflection that followed she shared with me how she had begun to experience feelings of sadness when she looked at the gold stars. She realized she had never been good enough to get a gold star in school. Whilst she acknowledged her sadness she rewarded her inner child with eight gold stars. Placing each one on the mobile she began to feel that in that moment she had reversed one of the conditions she had experienced in childhood, which was associated with not being as good as her sister.

This process enabled her to integrate and develop some true self-worth. Silverstone a leading art therapist comments:
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"And wider yet, art therapy can facilitate integration and the development of a healthy functioning way of being. In moments of relating with the image a sense of integration can come"
(Silverstone, L (1997) Art Therapy - the Person-Centred Way)
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Commitment to Therapy
All clients commencing art, sandplay and puppet therapy will be invited to make a short-term commitment of six sessions with the option to continue if it is proving beneficial.

If you would like to make an initial appointment or to discuss how you might benefit from art therapy works, please feel free to contact me.
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HcpcJean Beolan Gascoigne - Art Therapy Works - Art Psychotherapist -
MSc Art Therapy - Cert. Educational and Therapeutic Application of the Arts -
B.A. Hons Fine Art - BTEC Dip. Art Design - Cert. Counselling
Art Therapy Works, 15 Collin Heights, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, BT38 8NU
Tel: 07966 434499 Email:
jean@art-therapy-works.com