Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication.

It is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable. Previous experience or expertise in art is not required.

Difficult issues can be addressed in a safe way that may aide gaining a new perspective. The group provides a relaxed atmosphere for family carers to have some me time, reflect on their experiences, gain confidence, receive emotional support and connect with others.

Carers MK have been offering free group art therapy sessions facilitated by Theresa Erhard (HCPC Registered Art Therapist) for the past three years.

"It always has been a pleasure to work with carers. I am incredible greatful for the generosity and kindness of those very creative and resourceful carers sharing their very personal work and some thoughts that came up for them."
Theresa Erhard
HCPC Registered Art Therapist

Feedback from those who attended Art Therapy sessions:

"It made me feel more optimistic."
"I feel more positive and hence have more energy to fulfil my daily caring tasks."
"The environment was very cosy and friendly."
"I feel great whenever I am with the group. I could express my stress, feelings and share my stories which helped me feel relieved."
"It made me feel more patient."
"I highly would recommend this as it was fun and you get to meet others who understand."
"I felt happy as if I was home with others I could relate to."
"I feel I am more open and more relaxed when I do the caring job."
"It made me feel more balanced."
"I realised that whenever I am feeling stressed or down I can use art therapy as a good treatment."
"I feel very comfortable within the group."
"I found the art sessions felt like pampering...encouragment to immerse myself in play...and to begin remembering who I am"