How does arts therapy work?
Art therapy “uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as a diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing or distressing” (baat, 2020)
HCPC registered and members of the British Association of Art Therapists
Dance Movement Psychotherapy
DMP “recognises body movement as an implicit and expressive instrument of communication and...Client/s and therapist engage in an empathic, creative process using body movement and dance. (ADMPUK, 2012)
RDMPS registered and members of The Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK
“Dramatherapy has its main focus in the intentional use of healing aspects of drama and theatre as a therapeutic process. It is a method of working and playing that uses action methods to facilitate creativity, imagination, learning, insight and growth (badth, 2011)
HCPC registered and members of the British Association of Dramatherapists
Music therapy “uses musical components of rhythm, melody, and tonality to provide a means of relating within a therapeutic relationship” (BAMT, 2017)
HCPC registered and members of BAMT – The British association of Music Therapists
“The play continuum shows how different applications of play can deal with a spectrum of children’s emotional, behavioural and mental health problems” (ptuk, 2017)
PtUK registered and members of Play Therapy United Kingdom
Health Care Professional council (HCPC)
Which arts therapy should you choose?
Are you unsure as to which arts therapy you should choose?
Download our brochure that explains the process of arts therapy that will help you come to an informed decision as to what would suit your intervention.
Book an arts therapist
Please click on the buttons above to access the online referral form and the New Client Referral pack that contains all the information that you/referrer needs to explain the referral process for clients.
BCAT work with several professional freelance therapists in an array of settings. We provide intervention to schools, care homes, local councils, other CVS and statutory services amongst other services.
Programmes are developed for each individual or small group, after careful consultation with other professionals involved, with full knowledge of the individual’s history.
All practising arts therapists in the UK are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and uphold the HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics, supported by the Guides to Professional Practice produced the professional Arts Therapies Associations.es. This covers such details as content of sessions, written assessments and reports, expectations of the client's and therapist's behaviour, conditions of cancellation of sessions by either party, etc.
BCAT may have grants to support FREE/ SUBSIDISED THERAPIES (subject to application) otherwise therapy fees start from £55ph for one to one and £90ph for group.
Please contact the BCAT office on t: 0121 440 8273 or e: firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Why arts therapies are important
"It was a body blow when Michael was diagnosed with Alzheimers on top of his Mylodysplasia. By great fortune I sat opposite a young music therapist at a Christmas lunch...Michael was a gifted amateur pianist. He played since childhood. Michael had loved life on a high intellectual plain...I was finding it very difficult to bring interest and stimulation into his daily life...Michael responded immediately to Angela's encouragement...I wept to see him stretch out his arms and use the whole keyboard. I had a very peaceful 45 minutes unwinding. My 45 minutes was truly appreciated...The end came swiftly but I wish every Alzheimer sufferer...could benefit from a BCAT Therapist in the way that Michael did."
Juliet Guest - wife of Michael Guest, Alzheimer's Client
“The creative therapists have had a positive impact on the day unit. The four therapists remain an important and ongoing part of the Progressive Programme delivery.”
Manager of Day Hospital
“I feel that these Art Therapy sessions are my life-line; I tried but could not get this help anywhere else. I don’t know what I would do without BCAT.”
Self-harming child with acute depression
“The Arts Therapies involve parents, governors, learning mentors, staff, the pupils themselves…It is seen to have a very positive effect on the pupils who experience a variety of behaviour difficulties, who are at risk of being excluded from school. This approach has tremendous possibilities.’
Head Teacher to National Primary Centre – Awards for Good Practice
Referrals may be made through education, health or social services, by private organisations, by parents and carers, or by individuals themselves.
There are a number of ways to access payment for BCAT's services.