Art Therapy

Oren Harper

Oren has an educational background having spent almost 20 years teaching in a secondary school. In 2012 he decided to pursue his passion and become an Art Psychotherapist. Art runs through him and he comes from a background of talented artists. Oren recognises first hand the incredible opportunity that Art Therapy can provide. It can open doors, tackle issues lurking in shadows and provides a bedrock or a foundation to support you. Making images, working with your hands and interacting with materials can also be fun!

Therapies offered

Art Therapy for Individuals, or Groups

What is Art Therapy?

You don’t need to be an artist, or have any interest in art. This therapy is based on emotion and feeling. Art and creativity are being ostracised, squashed and marginalised in society at the moment. As human beings we have always visualized and communicated with metaphor in our language. ‘Making with our hands’ has always been in our DNA. Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as a diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues, which may be confusing, distressing, and also overwhelming.

Although influenced by psychoanalysis, art therapists have been inspired by theories such as attachment-based psychotherapy and have developed a broad range of client-centred approaches such as psycho-educational, mindfulness and mentalisation-based treatments, compassion-focused and cognitive analytic therapies, and socially engaged practice. Importantly, art therapy practice has evolved to reflect the cultural and social diversity of the people who engage in it. For more information about Art Therapy please visit the British Association for Art Therapies (BAAT).

Will it work for me?

No one problem is the same because no one person is the same. You are considering support, and what is important is finding the right person to work with you through your issue(s). The relationship between therapist and client is fundamental. Art Therapy allows you to work out your issues whilst making images. It provides space to reflect and it has the incredible capacity to empower you.

As an Art Therapist I am professionally trained to work with children, young people, adults and the elderly. Clients may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses, which may include emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses.

 

Qualifications

Masters in Art Psychotherapy

B.Ed. (hons)

Professional bodies

British Association for Art Therapies (BAAT)

HCPC Registered

DBS Enhanced certified

CPD Courses attended

  • Introduction to Child Protection.
  • Working with Trauma & Critical Illness.
  • Safeguarding Children.
  • Digital Art.
  • Exploration of Attachment Theory.
  • Neuroscience of Attachment.

Length of time in practice

7 Years

Previous practice

  • Children’s Centre, Derby
  • Wincanton Primary School, Wincanton
  • The Art of Change (AOC)
  • Highfield House Care Home

Other clinics where you currently practise

  • We Hear You (Why), Adults, Midsomer Norton
  • We Hear You (Why), Children & Young People, Radstock.
  • The Mendip School, Shepton Mallet

 

Links

http://www.baat.org