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Art Psychotherapy at the LJMC

What is art psychotherapy?Art Psychotherapy is offered as part of the Counselling service at the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre

In art psychotherapy, art materials are used as a way to express thoughts and feelings which may be difficult to put into words.

The artwork is made in the presence of a trained art psychotherapist – her role is to provide a supportive and confidential environment in which a person can feel comfortable enough to express themselves both verbally and creatively.

It will be up to each individual to decide how much they wish to reflect and talk about the artwork.

Do I need to be good at art?

No. Being good at art is not a requirement of engaging in art psychotherapy.

The art psychotherapist can support you in the use of different art materials, however it is not an art lesson, and your artwork will not be judged as such.

With what can art psychotherapy help me?

Art psychotherapy can offer psychological support with many issues which may arise when faced with a cancer diagnosis. Some of the issues may include reactions to diagnosis, altered body image, isolation, loss of meaning and changes in relationships.

As well as providing psychological support, art psychotherapy can provide a creative experience which can enhance a person’s quality of life and general well-being.

Where are the art psychotherapy sessions held?

The art psychotherapy sessions will be held in the art room at the Day Centre at Michael Sobell House. Michael Sobell House is located directly behind the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre. Staff at the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre will be happy to give you directions if you need them.

Treatment on the wards

The art psychotherapist is also available to see patients during their stay on the wards at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre. Please speak to a member of the ward staff for more details.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions will depend upon individual needs and circumstances. Sometimes a single session may be all that is necessary.

Generally we will offer six sessions. Occasionally this can be extended if you and the art psychotherapist considers it to be beneficial.

We are also able to offer an Open Group session. These sessions are also held on Mondays and are available for a longer period if you wish.

You will initially be offered an assessment meeting with someone from the counselling team. At this point you may wish to discuss whether individual or group art psychotherapy would best suit your needs.

How do I book?

You can access the art psychotherapy service by:

  • Phoning the LJMC Helpline (020 3826 2555) and referring yourself
  • Dropping in to the LJMC and speaking to a member of staff
  • A member of your healthcare team can refer you

A member of the LJMC Counselling team will invite you in for an assessment session.



Last updated: August 23, 2018

Art psychotherapy is part of the Counselling service offered by Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre.

Our art psychotherapists have undertaken approved post-graduate training in art psychotherapy and are registered with the Health Professionals Council (HPC).


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