A vibrant painting by Sue

11 June 2020

Art therapy is effective for psychosis-related conditions

New art therapy guidelines for people with a psychosis-related diagnosis have been published by The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and co-authored by a Christ Church academic.

The publication is an evidence-based guide which specifies different art therapy practices, with quotations by art therapists and service users. It illustrates how art therapy can be adapted to service users’ differing needs.

Art therapy can involve painting, drawing, print-making, and working with clay. Other arts therapies include drama, dance and music.

Dr Sue Holttum, Senior Lecturer in the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology, has had her research and personal experiences of applying psychology to art therapy published in The Psychologist.

"People who are troubled can often express themselves through arts when words are difficult. Also, art-making often seems to have a calming effect, and it does not have the unpleasant effects of strong medications."

Dr Sue Holttum, Senior Lecturer in the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology

Dr Holttum added: “It was great to be able to do the article for The Psychologist, and to incorporate my artworks, because I have myself found painting and drawing to be an activity that can bring me solace and enable me to express some things that I wouldn’t always know how to express in words. It seemed a wonderful opportunity to promote the new art therapy guidelines, incorporating my lived experience in a way that felt valued.”


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