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Art Psychotherapy
Newport (NP19) Monmouthshire
& Online
MA, HCPC registered

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Welcome

Hello, my name is Andrew Phillips, I am an Art Psychotherapist in Newport.

I work with individual adults, mostly in person, but I do have some availability for online sessions. Please feel welcome to contact me by email to arrange an initial consultation, or discuss your requirements. 

 

On this page you will find information on

  • The themes and issues that I help people to explore. 

  • How to contact me.

  • The type of therapy I offer. 

  • My experience and background.

See the 'Practical information' page for 

  • Fees 

  • Appointment times 

  • Location

  • Therapy options 

  • Beginning therapy

 

The pages 'What is Art Psychotherapy?' and 'My approach to therapy' will provide a sense of what the therapy sessions will be like in practice, and how the process works. 

Introduction

Psychotherapy is a way of tending to life in all its aspects of light and shade, both the grit and the grace. Reasons for coming to therapy and ideas about how it could be of benefit are specific to each person, and in this sense the purpose of our work together will be tailored to you. The broad aims of Psychotherapy are to develop a deeper understanding of ourselves, other people, and the world we live in. This enables the ability to live from a more authentic sense of Self, with a greater capacity for full engagement in all aspects of life, less restricted by suffering.

The work I offer will interest those seeking depth from psychotherapy that emphasises an explorative and creative approach, whilst also remaining purposeful and pragmatic. We focus on developing a sense of collaboration between us that nurtures the spirit of enquiry, and supports the unfolding of your own path through life. Therapeutic work of this nature can be described as 'Soul-making', the lifelong journey of becoming yourself. 

Depth psychotherapy helps you to know yourself in a new way by viewing whatever you bring to therapy as having personal meaning and significance to be discovered. By carefully listening to and noticing the details of what is happening in your inner life and the world around you - no matter how painful, hard to understand, vague, or strange - we work towards lasting healing and change without rejecting or denying any aspect of your experience.

Who I work with

 

I have worked with people from a wide range of backgrounds, with very different personal histories and experiences. You might have engaged in a form of counselling or psychotherapy previously, or this could be your first such experience. Some people contact me because they share an interest in areas such as art and creativity, spirituality, Nature, but this is not at all essential.

​Areas of practice

You may have a clear idea about why you are considering psychotherapy, or perhaps you are not certain but would still like to meet and discuss the possibility. Often the deeper reasons for starting therapy become clearer once we have begun to work together. These are areas that clients/patients past and present have approached me for assistance with.

  • Experiences of mental or emotional suffering / circumstances including but not limited to; depression, anxiety, feeling sad, shame, grief & bereavement, anger, low confidence, low self-esteem, stress, loneliness, trauma, feeling overwhelmed, an absence of feeling / disconnection from your inner life. 

  • Meaning and purpose - You may be feeling 'stuck', or wondering about how to live a life that feels more meaningful and true to your own nature.

  • Relationships - Working with challenges, and finding greater depth within them.

  • Times of change and transition - This could relate to personal circumstances such as employment, relocation, family, or education. On a broader level, how to situate oneself within in a rapidly changing world. 

  • Art and Creativity - Exploring/discovering your own creative vision.

  • Spirituality / the Transpersonal - Psychotherapy can offer a reflective and creative context for exploring this aspect of your life. For further information visit this page. You may be also be interested in the Inner Flame group work.

  • Nature / Ecopsychology / Spiritual Ecology - Recognising that all life is interconnected, and as humans we are a part of the wider web of the 'more-than-human' world. Further information can be found on this page.

  • Working with men - It is well documented that men are sometimes reluctant to seek support. There can be very understandable reasons for this, and I am experienced in working with men for whom openly discussing their experience is neither familiar, nor comfortable ground.

How to contact me

If you would like to arrange an appointment or have any questions, you can contact me by sending an email using the details at the bottom of the page, or submitting the form. Please briefly outline the reason for your enquiry, but do not include sensitive personal information. I understand that reaching out to a therapist can be daunting, so I aim to make the process as straightforward as possible.

It is not essential to speak on the phone first, but I offer a free of charge 15 minute phone call to discuss your enquiry if you would like to.

 

*I always reply within 72 hours. Please check your 'spam' folder in case the reply goes there.*

The type of therapy I offer

The therapy sessions work in a similar way to related 'talking' therapies, but in addition to speaking you also have the opportunity to use art materials as a means of expression and communication. This can add a valuable dimension to the therapy, which some people feel uncertain about to begin with, then come to find interesting and transformative over time. No prior experience is required, and you can find more about this on the 'What Is Art Psychotherapy?' page.

My area of specialism is in Depth Psychology, which is an umbrella term that includes aspects of Jungian, Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic approaches. The 'depth' in this sense refers to what might be 'beneath the surface' of the mind's conscious awareness and understanding, and can involve finding expression (through words or images) for what is 'known' to us at an unconscious level, but has remained 'unthought'. Although that might sound a little abstract or removed from everyday life, the idea is that our qualities of emotion, thought, and patterns of behaviour are all deeply influenced by the unconscious.

 

The 'depth' also refers to what is beyond our personal lives and connects us to the wider world we live in. It can be important to recognise how we are affected by society, cultures, environments we inhabit, and ways of being that are not our own. Part of the work lies in clarifying these distinctions between self and other.

 

I am also interested in Transpersonal psychology (such as Psychosynthesis) that bridges psychological and spiritual perspectives, and Ecopsychology which considers how our human experience is connected to the more-than-human world of Nature.

In my view it would be mistaken to believe than any single psychological framework or philosophy has all the answers, or offers a way of living suitable for everyone. This is why I prefer a more pluralistic approach, which provides me with different ways of thinking about the themes that arise in therapy, and avoids applying theories to individuals in a rigid way.

 

I prioritise developing a trusting working alliance. The relationship between therapist and client acts as a safe and nurturing catalyst for psychological healing and transformation. Paying careful attention to what happens between us offers a valuable window to your inner world. As the therapeutic process develops this will aid us in learning about how your emotions, thoughts, and behaviours are influenced by your experience, and identifying patterns that may have emerged over time.  

For further information regarding this form of psychotherapy, and what happens during the session, see 'my approach to therapy'. 

About me

My path to becoming a Psychotherapist emerged from personally experiencing various forms of depth psychotherapy, and evolving interests in the workings of the human psyche, art, spirituality, and Nature. I found this to be a field which is very broad in scope, and encourages curiosity about the mysteries of life through working in a constructive capacity with others. I am dedicated to my work as an artist and relish spending time in natural landscapes. I see these activities as deeply connected to the therapeutic work, and the distinct practices inform each other in a complimentary way. Whilst therapy sessions will often cover serious subject matter, I do value the benefits that working with a sense of humour can bring when possible. 

Education / Qualifications / Professional Experience

  • MA Art Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths College, University of London (2010 - 2013)

  • Ba(Hons) 1st Class, Fine Art: Contemporary Media, University of South Wales (2005 - 2008)

  • I am a current student of Transformational Mentoring: A Psychosynthesis Coaching Training - With M.Jones and K.Hackwood (2024 - present)

The Art Psychotherapy training I undertook was an immersive three year course, with an emphasis on a Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic theoretical model, specialising in working with creative processes within the therapy session. 

Before beginning a private practice I gained over a decade of professional experience from diverse roles in mental health and social care services. Prior to and during Art Psychotherapy training I worked in adult psychiatric services within the NHS. Following qualification I worked at an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, and later in a management and supervisory role within a local authority accommodation for young adults. Other employment has included a third sector mental health setting, and with people who have Learning Disabilities. Independently I have run groups on Nature related themes, and currently co-facilitate a spirituality and creativity group (see this page for details) with a Dramatherapist. 

My experience as an artist provides me with first-hand knowledge of creative processes, which then aids and informs my work with people in the therapy session. I am an elected Professional Member of the Society Of Scottish Artists, and continue to exhibit my paintings and drawings regularly.

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