Why an online art therapy support group?
In the face of the global Coronavirus pandemic and a recent study showing that ‘Almost one in five adults were likely to be experiencing some form of depression during the coronavirus pandemic in June 2020; this has almost doubled from around 1 in 10 before the pandemic’, we are offering a 6-week online Art Therapy support group, co-led by art therapists Stella Phipps and Emilija Mecelicaite, provided by the new community health hub, Zennistoun Hub based in Dennistoun, Glasgow’s East End.
By providing this service with Zennistoun Hub, we aim to support our community by providing an accessible space for Art Therapy in a safe and welcoming environment. We share the vision of creating a healthy and empowered community, embracing and promoting inclusivity, equality and diversity. We seek to ensure that people who could benefit from our services the most, would be able to access them regardless of socio-ecomic barriers and challenges.
About the Sessions
The sessions will last for 90 minutes each and will take place online, live via Zoom.
Participants will discover a range of Art Therapy techniques to help cope with anxiety and to improve mental health and wellbeing. Our sessions will include; psychoeducation, body-mapping and some mindful drawing and breathing exercises.
"Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing" 
We aim to empower people by creating a safe space for reflection, a possibility to tell one’s story, to make meaning and nurture resilience. Art therapy, which allows one to explore difficult issues without rushing to put them into words, can be especially useful when dealing with the unknown. Our group will help people to reconnect with themselves and each other during these uncertain times. We will be providing emotional support for people who may be experiencing anxiety, vulnerability or loneliness. The groups are created having in mind people who are self- isolating or shielding at the moment.
We are mindful of intersectionality, as well as the power dynamics in therapeutic relationships. We work in a person centred approach to provide a supportive online space for art making, self-reflection and discussion. There will be an opportunity for the group to express how they are feeling, to share experiences together and to make connections. We will offer practical tools such as art-based activities and breathing exercises that might help to slow down restless thoughts, relieve anxiety and encourage mindfulness.
Meet the Art Therapists
Stella and Emilija are colleagues and friends. They are really looking forward to collaborating on this project and combining their unique skills, knowledge and experience of working with groups and adapting to online Art Therapy practice.
Emilija lived in Glasgow for over five years and studied Philosophy at Glasgow University; she is delighted to have the chance to reconnect with the city and its people through this online Art Therapy project. In her person-centred practice Emilija focuses on creating safe spaces for others’ inner journey of self knowledge, empathy and empowerment.
She earned an MA in Art Therapy from the University of Hertfordshire, and is registered with HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council). Emilija has experience in facilitating individual and group art therapy sessions for children, adolescents and adults, as well as psychoeducational workshops. She has worked in primary schools in London, an addiction treatment centre in Hertfordshire and a depression treatment centre in Vilnius.
Stella is very excited to begin this online Art Therapy project. Currently, she is our creative co-ordinator and freelance art facilitator. Stella has lived in Glasgow for several years and has worked in Dennistoun with the charity Impact Arts. At the moment she is based in London and is experienced in facilitating Art Therapy for children and young people with emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties, both within schools and in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). She has worked within multi-disciplinary teams and set up Art Therapy spaces, as well as running a wide range of community art projects for vulnerable groups of people. Stella is a qualified Art Therapist, registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). She gained an MA in Art Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire
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