PAULA HOLME
Art Therapist

Tel. 06.85.77.21.55

Email: paula.holme@gmail.com

11, rue Lagoy 13200 ARLES

www.tutubi.org

www.paulaholme.com

What is Art Therapy?
The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) defines Art Therapy as “a form of psychotherapy that 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 and distressing.” The term “art therapy” was coined in 1942 by British artist Adrian Hill, who discovered the healthful benefits of painting and drawing while recovering from tuberculosis.

How does it work?
Through painting, clay work, collage, guided visualisation or writing prompts, I will help you express those thoughts, emotions, and experiences that may be difficult to speak about. In doing so, you will find new ways to gain personal insight and develop new coping skills.

   

There are three parts to a session:

  • opening: during which you will tell me why you have come and your objectives

  • creating: I will propose an art activity based on what was (or wasn't) said

  • closing: this is a discussion about what transpired.

I provide all art materials – you will need only to bring your own sketchbook. 

Do I have to be good at art?
Not at all. Being an artist or knowing how to draw and paint is not a pre-requisite. 

Why would I choose Art Therapy?
Because you'd like to live more creatively, because words aren't enough to express the depth of your emotion, because you don't have the right words to express what you are going through, or because traditional therapy has failed. 

Who am I?
Initially a graphic designer, I have been working as an Art Therapist since I obtained my degree in Art Therapy from Université Paris Descartes in 2008.

My training is essentially psychodynamic although I prefer the word “integrative” because I am open to concepts and techniques from different approaches.

I have a private practice in Arles where I work with individual clients (children, teens and adults). I also facilitate groups for different charities (Ligue contre le cancer, ALOTRA, SAMSAH, Handicap International, Caritas) and have run Art Therapy educational workshops in the Middle East (Bahrain and Palestine) for the British Council Arts and Education services.

I am bilingual: English and French. 

Siret: 50789270100024

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