We use creative prompts to explore issues relevant to you, reflect on the things that are impacting you, and maybe find new perspectives. There’s no need for any artistic skills, just a desire to use creativity to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trans Art Therapy Groups are designed and run by a qualified trans Art Psychotherapist.
Group therapy can help you to feel less isolated as you will receive support and acknowledgement from the rest of the group as well as from the therapist. An Art Therapy Group in particular is a way of exploring and getting support with difficult emotional experiences – it can help when feelings are difficult to put into words. You don’t have to be any good at art; it’s all about exploring your creativity, finding new ways to express yourself and learning skills to help you manage when things are difficult.
The Trans Art Therapy group runs for eight weeks, every week on Tuesdays from 4pm to 6pm. The next group will start on February 27th 2024, and will take place over Zoom. The dates of the group will be:
Once you have filled out an application form, you will be invited to an initial conversation to discuss the group further and explore what support it can provide for you. There will be space for up to ten people in the group, and the application form will close when the group is full. Please note that this wervice is for adult (18+) only.
For the eight weeks of the Art Therapy Group, during the week, you will be encouraged to take some time to reflect and make images. These could be anything from pencil drawings to pictures you have found on the internet. Then in each session, we will take some time for talking, and some time for sharing the images we have made or chosen. You will have the chance to express yourself and to be seen and heard in a non-judgemental space.
We will have the opportunity to focus on issues which we might feel safest exploring in an explicitly trans-friendly space, but these themes are suggestions are starting points – we can together or individually choose whether we want to engage with them. There will also be opportunities for the group to explore any other issues that feel relevant to us as we are working together.
The final session will include a recap of everything we have worked on, and we will look at how to keep up self-care and emotional regulation techniques when the group has finished.
You might find the online Art Therapy Group and therapeutic art journaling particularly helpful if:
Applications are now open for places for the next round of Spectra’s highly successful Trans Art Therapy Group. You can find some of the art work produced in the previous groups here: https://spectra-london.org.uk/2021/03/29/trans-day-of-visibility-2021/.