Client Stories

We’ve found that one of the best ways for you to learn about what we do…is from our clients themselves. Here you will find plenty of information about our client’s experiences of group therapy, the recovery journey and much more.

How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird

How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird

How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird

We recently welcomed Arts Psychotherapist, Dafni, to the Recover Clinic family. Today, she shares this beautiful poem to inspire your recovery journey… How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird – Jacques Prévert First, paint a cage with an open door. Then, in the cage, paint something for the bird, something useful and beautiful, and simple. Then take the picture …

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Finding my Voice Through the Arts

Finding my Voice Through the Arts

Finding my Voice Through the Arts

Our client, Vanessa, shares her beautiful journey of discovering her voice through creativity and the arts… Putting pen to paper never seemed so easy, Exploding emotions and thoughts on a black space, Filling it with distress but also celebration, Talent shine through like the light from the above constellation.   Expressing through infant abc’s, Warmth in my soul from something …

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Art Psychotherapy: Finding yourself through creative processes – EDAW 2017

Art Psychotherapy: Finding yourself through creative processes – EDAW 2017

Art Psychotherapy: Finding yourself through creative processes – EDAW 2017

By our therapist, Victoria, for Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2017 ‘The process of art therapy is based on the recognition that man’s most fundamental thoughts and feelings, derived from the unconscious, reach expression in images rather than words’ – Naumburg We can communicate non-verbally through art: creating a sculpture, making a mark on paper, using miniature objects in the sandtray; …

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See where the journey takes you…

See where the journey takes you…

See where the journey takes you…

Our lovely client, Vanessa, shares how she learned to express emotion through creativity… My art teacher when I was 15 said that we should “see where the creative journey takes us while creating a piece of art”, and I quite literally cringed in response. I hated metaphors or similes, I hated inspirational quotes, I hated anything that made me feel like my …

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The arts in therapy at The Recover Clinic

The arts in therapy at The Recover Clinic

The arts in therapy at The Recover Clinic

‘Creativity is the breaking of boundaries, the affirmation of life beyond life.  Out of its own sense of integrity, life asks us to affirm our own intrinsic nature, our essence as human beings’ (Zinker). As an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist I use 7 art forms in my therapeutic approach with clients: art, puppetry, sculpture/clay, poetry, sandplay, music and bodywork/movement.  These art forms provide …

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Chrissy’s Creative Experience

Chrissy’s Creative Experience

Chrissy’s Creative Experience

Chrissy shares her thoughts as she leaves creative group… I feel really sad to be leaving creative group. Art therapy has been a part of my journey since I first started treatment a year and a half ago and it has helped me in countless ways. I began my recovery journey doing only one creative group, which was on Wednesday …

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