The Power of Arts Therapy

In this week's episode Leyla speaks to Rebecca West about the power of arts therapy. They delve into how it works and why it's so effective. Continue Reading The Power of Arts Therapy

Welcome to the 156th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. This month’s focus is all about the arts and mental health. So this week, we are delving deeper into the power of arts therapy. Joining me to do is arts therapist Rebecca West.

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About my guest

Rebecca studied graphic design at the University of the Creative Arts which gave her the opportunity to express and develop her creativity. She has worked with YMCA and Place2Be, learning to combine art, play and therapy together.

This type of therapy gives you the freedom to communicate your feelings through play and creativity which can be a powerful tool for both children and adults. Whether this is through drawing, painting or moulding with clay, it can be a deeply profound and freeing expression of our emotions. 

She is a fully trained integrative counsellor, which means she has a broader toolkit of therapeutic support to work from. This means there is a mix between the creative and the cognitive. However, fundamentally, Rebecca believes in the power of simply listening to your story, your challenge, and your dream and helping you achieve or move through your chosen area of need.

Rebecca has also worked extensively with parents and caring professionals to get guidance and support so that they can go on to support those they teach or care for. 

In today’s show on The Power of Arts Therapy

  • More about Rebecca and the work she does. [02:05]
  • Her journey to becoming an arts therapist [03:20]
  • Her experience of training as an art therapist. [05:13]
  • Some of the barriers people from Black, Global Majority and Diaspora backgrounds face when it comes to accessing support in the form of arts therapy. [11:16]
  • Her top 3 tips for looking after their mental health. [22:24]

Quotes on The Power of Arts Therapy

  • I’ve always just been really curious about the human condition and why people do what they do.
  • When I have worked with people of colour, I think they chose me because they saw a part of themselves in me.
  • If we can have more, particularly Black male therapists, that’s gold dust.
  • Therapy is often seen as a very white liberal space not accessible to everyone.
  • One of the really important things about being a therapist is authenticity.

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