I’m currently offering free session blocks to Ukranian refugees / those still in Ukraine. Details here.

My name is Michael Cousin, and I am a qualified Art Psychotherapist living in Cardiff.

Words fail us all sometimes, it can be hard to know where to begin or how to make sense of our experiences… art can be another way to communicate or express ourselves, and it can be a powerful act of healing.

Art Psychotherapy is an approach that uses acts of creation to transform you. The act of creation is about transformation, you take any material and rearrange its form to create a new one. 

Being creative can mean many things in our sessions.

It can include the use of traditional art materials to draw, paint or sculpt, through writing and poetry or music. But it can also mean being creative through play, being creative with words, ideas, memories, and dreams.

Some clients are understandably nervous about this, maybe thinking that they must be ‘good at drawing’ for instance, but this isn’t the case. It can also be as simple as the act of talking. The creative process can help release long held feelings or allow you to see a new way to be, it can help distract you and calm you, energise you or give you new ideas.

I won’t direct you by saying what I think you should use or do. 

I can help guide you to rediscover what you already possess within yourself. I do this by asking questions and making observations. I will try to see all that you are, not just the reason you have come to see me, there is always more to you than that reason. My role as a therapist is to hear and see you as you are now, then to guide you and support you in the discovery of who you might want to be.

My experience is broad, I am happy to work with clients at any stage of life.

An art psychotherapists’ training is extensive and intensive over a three-year period, and it provides us with a framework that can be used to support a client with any mental health struggle up to the most complex issues.

I have significant experience with clients who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). I also have wide ranging experience of clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).

Getting in touch.

I offer a no obligation free consultation by telephone or via Zoom where we can discuss your needs, and answer any questions you have before deciding if you would like to work together – please get in touch.

 

All artwork by Michael Cousin