using art in counselling
therapeutic art activities in counselling

Using Therapeutic Art Activities in Counselling - weekend introduction course

This is an introduction to using therapeutic art activities in counselling. It is therefore suitable for everyone working with or interested in working with children, young people and adults. The course is especially useful for counsellors and psychotherapists in schools and private practice. Professionals, students and volunteers from other education/mental health environments are also welcome. You don’t have to be good at art to take part!


You will learn simple, easy to use ways of using expressive art with all ages


If you are an art therapist, you already know how expressive art can really help children, young people and adults to show and process feelings that talking therapy cannot easily access. Our aim with this course is to introduce easy-to-use art therapy activities and techniques so that counsellors from a wider context can integrate them into their existing work. We will also help you combat any fears and other barriers you may have about becoming more creative. Sometimes, it is our own anxiety about picking up a paintbrush that stops clients doing art. We can help you feel more confident and comfortable about working creatively.


Our groups are never more than 10 people, so there is always one-to-one support and advice.  Emma Steadman has been teaching creative art to counsellors and play therapists for 15 years. She will therefore guide you gently through accessible techniques with visual art. For example, we will discuss the kinds of equipment and space you need in schools and other counselling environments. In addition, you will also learn practical  techniques to encourage clients to draw, paint or use clay.

Therapeutic art techniques to use with clients of all ages:

There are many simple ways to use therapeutic art activities in counselling, such as colouring books, mandalas and body maps. These are evidence-based techniques which you will learn to use with clients of all ages. For example, body maps (a client drawing around their body on a large piece of paper) can help dissociated clients to begin to identify where in their bodies they feel sensations and make the link between colour, shape and emotion. Art is especially useful for trauma-informed work with children and young people. Simple exercises such as using colouring patterns are also good interventions with anxiety, depression and issues around body image.


Small children instinctively make their mark on the page as a way of creating meaning in their lives. Unfortunately, many of us believe that we can’t draw (or we are told that we can’t) so that natural desire to express our feelings on paper is lost. During this weekend, you will using drawing and painting yourself as a way of connecting to that natural expressiveness. You will also learn how to use techniques like spontaneous drawing, which is  quickly putting your response to a client onto paper just after they have left them therapy room.


Art therapy activities also blend well with other creative ways of working. Therefore, we will use music and movement during this weekend to help you begin to find ways that you can integrate art with other ways of working such as mindfulness, sandplay and dreamwork.


It is when you yourself become more comfortable drawing and painting, that your clients will start using art.


2nd-3rd November 2019 Colchester, Essex


10-5pm both days


Cost is from £250 (payment plans available).


This course needs 6 people in order to go ahead on planned date. If less than that, we can offer other dates, other courses or a full refund.


Willow Brook Primary School, Colchester, Essex

integrative art therapy mandala

This course is for you if:

  • You work as a counsellor, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, play therapist, wellbeing or mental health practitioner.
  • You are a professional, student or volunteer in an educational /mental health setting, e.g. school, nursery, SEN or CAMHS.
  • Adding Therapeutic Art Activities in Counselling appeals to you

The three levels of Expressive Therapeutic Art Activities Training:


Check this general overview on why Expressive Art is Therapeutic.

Benefits of this course:

  • Discover your own love of creativity
  • The overall aim of this weekend is to re-discover a kind and compassionate way of connecting to expressive art
  • We will be using therapeutic art activities but also music, movement and meditation. For example, we will create a collage and use colouring patterns in a mandala as a way of helping clients feel safe.
  • You will learn how to use art as an assessment tool and as a way of demonstrating progress in therapy with children, adolescents and adults
  • The emphasis will also be on encouraging art as an ongoing part of the therapy
  • We will also discuss the integrative theory and research behind using therapeutic art activities in counselling and psychotherapy. Specifically, this will include the work of Jungian, Transpersonal and Gestalt theorists.
  • All of our work is trauma-informed and related to commonly used models
  • The weekend is suitable for BACP and UKCP Continuing Professional Development and we adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework.


Emma Steadman is an experienced play therapist (MA, BACP), supervisor and trainer who has worked in CAMHS, charities and schools over the last fifteen years. She has been teaching and supervising creative arts and sandplay therapy for 15 years. Emma’s training is focussed on a playful creative space that opens hearts and minds in order to tune into clients, see different perspectives, learn, and develop confidence.

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The cost is from £250 (payment plans available).

Get in touch!

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If you have any questions or would like to book this course, the best way to get in touch is to email Emma on or call on 07841029305

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The course will give you:

  • All courses can be used for BACP/UKCP Continuing Professional Development
  • You will learn simple, practical ways to get children, young people and adults using art
  • The Introduction will give you all the skills you need to confidently use expressive integrative art in therapy
  • You will be able to use art as in supervision  and as part of your own self-care
  • You will feel ready to do the Certificate in Expressive Integrative Art

Support and Community:

  • Closed online groups, webinars, podcasts and videos.
  • Group supervision days in Colchester and Ealing

What to do next:

Get in touch!

emma steadman creative supervision training
If you have any questions or would like to book this course, the best way to get in touch is to email Emma on or call on 07841029305

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Sign up to get latest updates and find out when booking opens. The courses are small and limited and sell out fast, so don’t miss out!

I was impressed and inspired by Jill’s professionalism, her excellent handouts, her encyclopedic knowledge but most of all the personal qualities that she brings, such generosity of spirit and warmth of heart. The pace is gentle yet firm, her holding of the space exceptional and after experiencing Psychotherapy training in other institutions I would rate Jill’s approach as masterful and highly competent. The handouts are eloquent and erudite, the symbol collection second to none and the opportunity to learn experiential as well as via lectures deeply effective and in my case, life changing.