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Annie Heal
Art Psychotherapist
Annie Heal

Annie Heal

Annie has been a part of Priory Group for just under one year as an art psychotherapist across several sites. Annie is registered under HCPC and accredited with The British Association for Art Therapists. She works with adults, children and adolescents across several Priory sites.

Annie works with those who have experienced trauma, exhibiting challenging behaviours or mental health issues in inpatient settings as well as in the community, by providing individual art psychotherapy sessions as well as group art therapy.

Training

Annie has a Masters Degree in Art Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths University London as well as a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from Bath Spa University.

Qualifications
  • BA Hons in Fine Art from Bath Spa University
  • Diploma in Health and Social Care from Sussex NHS Partnership Trust
  • Foundation Degree in Art & Design from University for Creative Arts
  • Masters in Art Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths University London

Art psychotherapy is a psychological intervention and can describes as psychotherapy using the additional media of art materials as a means to provide another way of communicating. This method of counselling / psychotherapy work can be particularly useful when verbal language does not come naturally. Art making enables people to connect with their unconscious, allowing our unresolved, unprocessed and raw feelings to be expressed through materials – the therapy has proven, beneficial impacts. Art making is typically used along with talking within a session and led by the client’s choice of materials.

“But im not good at art?” Often the less you understand about art making and how different art materials work, the more room your imagination has to experiment and connect with the materials in new, freeing ways.

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