Art Therapy

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses the art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Artistic ability is not a requirement as the focus is on providing a non-judgemental environment in order to nurture creativity and healing when words do not come easily.

The art object can function in a variety of ways from creative expression, catharsis, mirroring the self, relaxation, play, communication and the containment of difficult or painful feelings, depending on the individual’s needs and journey within the safe and supportive structure of the therapeutic space.

“It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.”


Art Therapy

Professional Standards

The Art Therapists at the Centre are professionally trained and adhere to the highest professional standards in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the accrediting body, British Association of Art Therapists, (BAAT), and of The Health Care Professions Council, (HCPC).


A sliding scale is in operation for payment for counselling/psychotherapy. Fully funded places or places at a reduced cost are offered to persons who qualify under the conditions of relevant available grants. Each case will be dealt with individually through a process of consultation between the client and the assigned counsellor/psychotherapist.

Note: At Tara we have a strong principled commitment to making the Centre’s services available to anyone who can benefit from them, irrespective of the person’s ability to pay.

How to book

Call the Tara Centre on: 028 8244 0820 or 028 82 250024
(Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm)

Application Procedure for Art Therapy

Leave your name, (first name only is an option), and telephone number with the Receptionist. If you go through to Voice Mail, leave your name and telephone number.
The Co-Ordinator of Therapeutic Services will return your call as soon as possible.
You will be given an indication, based on current demand for services and therapists’ availability, the length of time you may have to wait for an appointment.
An art therapist will be assigned to you.
The assigned art therapist will contact you to arrange the first appointment.