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Art Therapy

dis|sec¦tion: The action of dissecting a body or plant to study its internal parts

Art Therapy is much like other forms of counselling and talking therapies except that in Art Therapy, concerns are also communicated and considered through your creative process. Art Therapy is not about creating attractive or technically brilliant artwork and it is not necessary to have artistic skills to participate. It is a space for you to express your feelings and investigate your thoughts with the support of an Art Therapist who is trained in both artistic and psychological theory.

Issues become illuminated and are explored by experimenting with specific themes and materials. This can include painting, drawing, sculpture, collage and digital media. The Art Therapist works in partnership with you in the task of dissecting the symbolic layers of your art making, to bring to light meanings and create new pathways through problems. Both the creative process and the artistic product are reflected upon in order to gain fresh insight into unconscious motivations and patterns.

The art created in art therapy is formed by conscious intention, yet is also comprised of unconscious knowledge and hidden feelings. As this is examined; or dissected, the creator of the art work gains awareness of the underlying issues that direct their emotions and thoughts. This is achieved by using visual art as a tool to uncover that which can be otherwise only glimpsed in dreams. Unlike the dream, visual art is not transient or fleeting; it is graspable, visible and decipherable. It remains in the physical, conscious world and can be stepped back from and considered with curiosity, perspective and distance.

Fiona Tóth-Gillies

Fiona attained a Master of Art Therapy from La Trobe University and a Bachelor of Visual & Performing Arts from The University of Melbourne. She has also trained in Community Care. Fiona has provided Art Therapy in various clinical and community settings in Australia and the United Kingdom. Her therapeutic approach is informed by both psychoanalytic and humanistic theories.

She has facilitated Art Psychotherapy with groups and individuals who experience a range of mental and emotional difficulties and has a specialist interest in working with the gender diverse community. Alongside her private practice, Fiona works with children with learning disabilities and behavioural disorders at the London Children’s Practice and adults with mental health and emotional issues at Studio Upstairs. She is a professional member of the British Association of Art Therapists and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

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Individual Art Therapy

Series of Art Therapy sessions tailored to your needs and goals

Group Art Therapy

Issue focussed Art Therapy workshops for people experiencing similar concerns

Mobile Art Therapy

Art Therapy sessions and groups brought to your school, organisation or clinic




Fiona is available to see children, siblings and parents at the London Children’s Practice.

The use of visual art as a therapeutic tool is extremely beneficial for children. It can provide a means of expression and communication for those who have difficulties with speech and language and/or learning and behavioural issues. By building the visual vocabulary, children can explore and express thoughts and feelings that have been otherwise inaccessible through the spoken word.

All relationships are complex, not in the least that of the parent and child. Art Therapy sessions can be booked for parents of children with disabilities. In these sessions, parents can explore the emotions and anxieties around supporting children with special needs. Children who have siblings with disabilities can sometimes feel unseen because of their ability to cope and function at a higher level than their siblings. Art Therapy can provide them with the opportunity to process their emotions, explore their role in the family and develop their sense of self.

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Mental Health

Art Therapy is beneficial for people who experience a broad range of mental health issues. It can be less confronting and yet deeper reaching than talking modes of therapy. Fiona has provided art therapy to individuals diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, ADHD, Learning and Intellectual Disabilities, Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. She is also available for consultation with the "worried well"; people who may be experiencing a period of stress or difficulty in their lives, or those who simply wish to work on personal development and self exploration.

Gender Identity

Working with the creative process can be an excellent way to explore yourself and trial different ways of being. Perhaps you are struggling with societal expectations of traditional gender roles, questioning your gender identity or embarking on a transitional journey. Art Therapy is also extremely useful for those facing discrimination, or who have anxieties around acceptance from loved ones, family and peers. Art Therapy sessions can be highly beneficial for both individuals and their family members; opening dialogues and fostering exploration in a safe, supportive space. Fiona is also available to deliver Art Therapy workshops about gender diversity within schools and organisations.

Contact Me

If you have questions about art therapy and how it can help, please enquire here. Use this form if you are interested in booking an initial appointment for individual art therapy or wish to find out more about art therapy groups or mobile art therapy.