Helen Vance MA IAP
With four years experience in arts psychotherapy, I have worked with adults with a range of issues, including; relational difficulties, anxiety, depression, addiction, self-harm, stress, trauma, and OCD. Whatever your reason for therapy, my aim is to create a non-judgmental and therapeutic environment where you can be authentic and where challenging feelings, thoughts and experiences can be communicated, sensed and understood.
Creativity is inherent in everyone, but often ignored. Art making is a powerful tool for going beyond any symptom. It provides an opportunity to engage imaginatively, to express and integrate complex feelings, and to rediscover unrealised wisdom, insight and intuition. This can lead towards greater awareness, authenticity, increased capability and healing. You do not have to be artistic in any way to benefit from this way of working. Although many artists find art therapy can support their creative process. Integrative Arts Therapy values a variety of theories, including Psychoanalytic, Gestalt, and Transactional Analysis, alongside the latest developments in Neuroscience and Attachment Research.
I have an MA in Arts Psychotherapy from The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, a Postgraduate in Acting from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and an MA in English Literature from Trinity College, Dublin.
My private practice at the London Art Therapy Centre follows three years at Bromley Community Counselling Service as Honorary Arts Psychotherapist and as Honorary Art Therapist at Central North West London in a forensic closed rehabilitation programme. I have also worked as an Arts Therapy Workshop Facilitator, creating and delivering various expressive and visual arts workshop series for children, young people, women’s groups and mental health service-users. This has been in collaboration with Kids Company, Space Retreat, Wayfarer Arts, and South London and Maudsley NHS.