Sandhya RamautarCommunity   Art Psychotherapist

Art Psychotherapist. (HCPC. Reg)

(Professional Indemnity Insurance Cover Reg) 

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What is Art Therapy?

Art Psychotherapy: –

Art psychotherapy is a branch of psychotherapy where art making is used as the main form of expression. You don’t need to be an experienced artist, as the aim is not necessarily to create work to a high standard, but to use art making to help process difficult thoughts and feelings, with the overall goal of helping you develop in a safe and expressive environment.

Art Therapy is a creative form of psychotherapy which can offer an alternative means of expression when verbal communication may feel difficult. The use of art materials and the relationship between child and therapist helps to create a safe and reflective space to facilitate personal growth and healing. This offers the opportunity to think about both current situations and past experiences. There is no need for any previous skill or experience in art to benefit from the therapy, with each child finding their own unique way of using the space. Some may prefer art-making, some talking, while others may use a mixture of both. Through art-making it can be possible to explore feelings and concerns that may be confusing and hard to put into words. Art Therapy can help children to build self-esteem, improve relationships and engagement with the school environment.

What’s the difference between Counselling & Psychotherapy?

Counselling and Psychotherapy can support us to live in ways we find more satisfying. They can help us find new ways to manage ourselves and our lives when we are in crisis, feel stuck or are finding life difficult. Counselling differs from psychotherapy in that it takes place over a shorter time period and focuses on a particular issue or difficulty. Psychotherapy can be more long-term and wide-ranging. Both can enable us to see new choices and resources available to us and to make significant changes in our lives.

Why use Art?

Art making has benefitted many individuals throughout the years as a means of therapeutic expression and exploration. We use the same side of our brain for both creating and storing visual images as well as talking, and many have found that creating images in a therapeutic setting can support and add light to discussion with their therapist. This in turn can encourage the ease with which we process our difficult feelings and in turn improve our overall contentment and happiness.

It can often be difficult or painful to speak clearly about the feelings that cause us the most trouble, in which case art making can provide a safe approach to feelings which we don’t feel quite ready to tackle head-on. In some cases we can’t quite find the right words to accurately convey our complex emotions and experiences, however art making can provide a more accessible means of doing this.

Talking can for some feel difficult or stressful, or the right words may just not reveal themselves. Significantly, art psychotherapy methodology makes it accessible to all societies and cultures. Often we find that the images we create can help support our words, or vice versa, providing a rich and meaningful expression.

Why is Therapy Important?

“The sacrifices made by children (and adults), during the lockdown have been enormous…. The Government should also recognise the impact of this crisis on many children’s (and adults) mental health and commit to a counsellor in every school.” – Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner England, 2020

How and Why Art Therapy Works: Communication: –

Art Therapy supports children through a sensory based approach, who may not be able to articulate thoughts, sensations, emotions, or perceptions which are difficult to express with words.2 – Art making supports a child’s reflective function and also supports imaginative play. – Play helps children to develop creativity, dexterity and supports physical, emotional, and cognitive strength. – Art Therapy makes sense of their inner worlds through metaphors, which can help a child to form meanings with the assistance of an art therapist. The relationship – The Therapist’s shared attention, and careful monitoring of boundaries contribute to a child’s sense of safety and belonging in the therapeutic relationship. The consistency of this relationship can reshape attachment experiences and assist the brain to establish new, more productive patterns Self-Regulation – Certain sensory characteristics of art making seem to be effective in improving mood, sensory integration, and calming the body and mind.

Why Art Therapy in education?

Art therapy is a specialist service made available to pupils who are experiencing emotional difficulties which impact their well-being. Research shows that when children are experiencing emotional difficulties their general functioning can be affected, which can make learning very hard. Art Therapy as a form of intervention can assist with a pupil’s psychological, emotional, educational, physical, and social development, and if accessed early may prevent difficulties from escalating.

Who are Art Therapists?

Art Therapists are widely employed in schools to provide support for children and have a postgraduate qualification in Art Therapy. It is a legal requirement to be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) in order to practice anywhere in the U.K. as an Art Therapist or Art Psychotherapist.

What Art Therapy Offers: –

  • Assessment
  • Individual and group work
  • Family work
  • Support and follow up meetings with both parents and carers

Time Frame: –

What to expect: –

Sessions last for 50 minutes, at the same time and place each week. Both 1:1 and group sessions are 50 minutes long, but this can vary depending on the age of the children or adult and their capacity to remain engaged. The duration of Art Therapy may range from a few weeks to a year or more. A range of art materials will be available in each session, and you can choose what to make or do, with freedom to express your experiences and thoughts in your own individual way. Your images will be kept safe in folder that you can take with your when you eventually finish therapy.

The sessions are confidential, and your therapist will not show your artwork or share what was said in the sessions unless she feels that you are at risk from harm or may harm someone else.


Referral Criteria: –

Referrals are made for many reasons such as:

  • emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • anxiety
  • are struggling with particular life events such as bereavement, family breakdown or illness
  • are experiencing relationship difficulty with others (either peers or adults) including bullying
  • have communication and social difficulties
  • have ADHD or autistic spectrum disorder
  • If they are in transition; for example, children moving from primary to secondary school and looked after children.
  • Children struggling with classroom behaviour –
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder –
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder –
  • External Locus of Control –
  • Loss of Self-concept. –
  • Self-harm
  • Depression, including antenatal and postnatal depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Self-esteem
  • Addiction
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Grief
  • Bereavement
  • Chronic pain and somatization

Clients may be withdrawn, experience low mood or have misplaced anger or anxiety issues; all of which affects their development, their ability to maintain positive relationships and their capacity to achieve in school or in the community.

Process After Referral: –

Following both referral and consent art therapy sessions will take place weekly at the same time and space for an initial period of 4-6 weeks. This is to see if the client engages and benefits from the therapy. After the assessment period, the art therapist will write a report and there will be a review meeting to which the adult or young person, parents, carers, and relevant staff members will be invited. It will then be decided whether to continue the therapy for a further period of time. Any artwork produced in art therapy will be kept safe until the end of therapy when the client may take their work home. There will also be a final meeting and report at this point.

Additional services: Available on request: –

Arts for Wellness Group: I run a themed art making group which supports well-being. This is not a therapy group. – Therapy Groups; I work therapeutically with children in a group size of 2 –4 depending on age. Groups promote, cohesion, altruism, interpersonal learning, development of social skills, catharsis, – Reflective Practice

This group; is run for the staff team alongside staff meetings generally. It is an hour-long session that promotes team reflection and supports best practice.

Staff Workshops

I provide an experiential group to support staff understanding of Art Therapy. – Supervision: I can support trainee Art Psychotherapists to develop their skills and practice.

About Me: –

Sandhya Ramautar

Art Psychotherapist             

 Hi, my name is Sandhya. I graduated and trained at Goldsmiths University on the MA Art Psychotherapy Master’s programme. I am registered and accredited with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and I have my own professional indemnity insurance cover.

As an Art Psychotherapist I have been employed in schools, Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) institutions as well as the charity sector to provide support through counselling and art therapy; to provide support for children / young people and adults from domestic violence, LGBTQ+/BAME community, trauma, child/ adult and family bereavement, autism, cultural shock, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),attention deficit disorder (ADD), depression, emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD), borderline personality disorder (BPD), anxiety, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), dyslexia, and low self-esteem backgrounds and within the community with vulnerable adults, as an Art Psychotherapist offering individual and group therapy sessions. I respect all people’s views and opinions, allowing them a safe space in which to express themselves.

I also hold a Bachelor of Arts – BA. [Hons] degree in Theatre: Technical Arts and Special Effects for stage screen and television from Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London. I have a love and a passion for the Arts. I am a highly creative person. I make models and props and facilitate mindfulness art projects, (remote and in person) within the community as therapeutic expressive art workshops within church organisations/charity and the corporate sectors. I also run individual and group Psychotherapy session. I am an open, honest, loyal, caring, extremely hard working and diligent person. I can be trusted to maintain a respectful and wholesome integrity when dealing with families, adults, teenagers, children, and my client group.

I am extremely passionate about how the healing qualities of art, play and creativity can help clients overcome traumas in their life with the use of wanting to help others creatively. I feel that in the current climate, emotional and mental health have never been more important and through using art materials, this can be an accessible and non-verbal way of exploring our emotional experiences.

I trained in psychodynamic art psychotherapy; however, I also engage with attachment-based psychotherapy, and I work with various client-centred approaches such as mindfulness, psycho-educational and mentalization-based treatments. My career has allowed me to connect with many minds. I strongly believe that every mind matter, and I’m passionate about effecting change to reduce stigma around mental health.

I work using a psychodynamic approach which is the study of the psychological forces that underlie human behaviour, feelings, and emotions and how they might relate to early experience.

I offer a safe, thoughtful, and creative space, were together we can unpack stories and explore thoughts and feelings. My approach is person-centred and informed by a psychodynamic framework. I have experience of working as an Art Psychotherapist, within the London area, where I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly, with a variety of presenting mental health concerns.

Cost: –

Inclusive in my fee is: – Annual subscription payment to Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – professional indemnity insurance cover – monthly supervision. – CPD and training opportunities. – Art Materials. – Enhanced DBS Certificate. My rates are £40 an hour or £250 a day.

Initial conversation: No charge 

Assessment (1hour): £75

Individual Therapy (50 minutes): £40

(Concession rates available)

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