What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy involves making pictures or models. The art making is created with an Art Therapist who has experience of art, has had training in psychotherapy and understands how the process of art can be useful to help with the communication of thoughts and feelings.

Art Therapists work with children, adolescents, adults and older people. Clients may have a range of difficulties, disabilities, or diagnoses. These include emotional stresses, mental health problems or physical disabilities and illnesses.

Art Therapy provides a safe and creative space to begin to explore worries or concerns with the support of the Art Therapist. Using art in this way has been shown to be helpful in making sense of difficulties which can’t always be put into words. Clients do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in art. Your sessions are confidential.

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Who can benefit from Art Therapy?

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*Children and young people:

Art Therapy can be used to help children and young people who may be experiencing a range of difficulties such as bereavement, poor self-esteem or self-confidence, bullying, family breakdown, low mood, anxiety, behavioural difficulties or problems related to abuse, neglect and trauma.

Creating art work can be a simpler alternative to verbal communication. Sometimes it is hard for young people to understand or explain their feelings. It is often easier to represent thoughts or sensitive issues by drawing, painting or by making something. Art in this way can both help a child or young person make sense of their emotions, and allow you as parents or carers to gain a greater understanding of how your child might be feeling.


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For children a taster session will be offered initially; followed by a recommended block of 3 weekly sessions, lasting 50 minutes, this will assess your child’s suitability for Art Therapy. A review session is then held with your child and you as parents/carers to discuss the next step. Because every child’s needs differ, some may only need a short series of sessions, whereas for others particularly when there are complex difficulties, a longer series of sessions may be needed or recommended. Parents and carers are an important part of the process and as such will be consulted and communicated with before, during and after your child’s therapy.


*Art Therapy for adults:

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Adults too can sometimes find it hard to express their feelings. Whether you are an adult in crisis, who is carrying emotional ‘baggage’ from long ago or perhaps you are simply dealing with a stressful situation in your life right now and feel in need of some support, then Art Therapy can help to find a way forward.

Art Therapy can be helpful if you find yourself struggling to cope with ant aspect of your life. Such issues may include anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, anger and fear. It provides a supportive, comfortable and private space and time is provided in which art materials and reflective discussions can be used as a means of non-verbal communication; to explore and express thoughts, feelings and memories.

Art Therapy can also help with improving self-esteem and confidence, therefore helping you to discover a healthier sense of self, learn new coping mechanisms and gain a greater understanding of your emotions to then allow you to begin moving forward and making positive life changes.


Nicola Kennell

Nicola is an established Art Therapist registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC: AS04654) and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT: 21076). She has extensive experience working in the NHS within a Child and Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Team and in non-governmental organisations; working with children, young people, adolescents and families.

Nicola is passionate about the use of creativity as a means of resolving difficulties in life and for personal development, and being able to by expressing through engaging with the creative process.



At Green Tree Arts Studio, we can offer you:

  • Taster Session: One off ‘try and see’, £30 per session
  • Brief Therapy: Block of 6 sessions, £40 per session
  • Long Term Therapy –by arrangement, £40 per session

Sessions are offered at our main base in Forres, and on occasions other venues across Highland and Moray. Sessions are usually weekly and last for 1 hour.

Booking essential and cancellation fee applicable, for less than 24 hours notice, please contact us for more information.


Please call or email to either book sessions or discuss any questions you may have.
Tel. 07860 867 118 or email me on