Course Code EC2302082
Tutor Matteo Merla
Course Dates Tuesdays, 9th January - 26th March 2024
Days 11
Times 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Experience Level Ages 18+, All Levels
Fee £370
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR
Recommend booking before Tuesday 19th December 2023

This module will provide an introduction on the topic of “Art Psychotherapy” exploring the main theoretical frameworks and concepts through which art psychotherapy is understood and practiced in UK. The course will also introduce the professional context in which Art Psychotherapy is practiced within different clinical settings by using clinical case studies, presentations and group discussions. The program will also offer an overview of Art Psychotherapy training and career pathways currently available in the UK.

This course offers an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Art Psychotherapy with experiential and creative workshops with particular emphasis on the central role of the images and art making as a holder of client’s emotional experience and as form of non-verbal and unconscious communication between client and therapist.

Using a wide range of art materials, the facilitator will support participants with integrating a creative aspect to theories learnt on the course. No previous experience of art making is required but the workshops will include group discussions and reflective conversations. Therefore, it is important to be prepared to contribute while taking part in these workshops.

Please note that although the workshops have a strong experiential component and an element of self-reflection they are not intended to provide ‘Art Psychotherapy’ as such to the participants. As Art Psychotherapy is a specialised and regulated form of Psychotherapy and it is largely underpinned by Psychoanalytical theories. These series of lectures and workshops will be facilitated by a qualified and experienced state-registered art psychotherapist currently practicing in a variety of settings in the NHS.

We stress that completion of the “Introduction to Art Psychotherapy” course does not imply that you can practice Art Psychotherapy nor does successful completion of the Foundation Course guarantee a place on any qualifying Master Degree.

This is an ALL LEVELS course.

This course is intended for people who would like to learn what is Art Psychotherapy and how it is used in health care or education settings. Participants come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences including individuals wishing to prepare to apply for a qualifying Masters programme in Art Psychotherapy as well as Visual Artists, healthcare/education staff, and creative professionals.

All materials are provided. You are welcome to bring your own sketchbook, if you would like to take notes.

Please find below a reading list recommended by the tutor. This is not required reading.

  • Edwards, D. (2014) Art Therapy: Creative Therapies in Practice. 2nd Edition. Sage: London
  • Jung, C.G. (1963) Memories, Dreams, Reflections. London: Fontana.
  • Jung, C.G. and von Franz, M.-L. et al. (eds) (1964) Man and His Symbols. London: Aldus.
  • Schaverien, J. (1999) The Revealing Image: Analytical in Art Psychotherapy Theory and Practice.   Jessica Kingsley        Publishers. London.
  • MLA. Estés, Clarissa Pinkola. Women Who Run with the Wolves : Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype. New York :Ballantine Books, 1992.
  • Peter Hobson: The Cradle of Thought: Exploring the Origins of Thinking


This module will be delivered by Matteo Merla who is a practicing Art Psychotherapist Since his degree in fine art, Matteo has been working as a social artist with the aim to recover a concept of creativity as a therapeutic intervention within communities. Such projects have taken place in many countries such as UK, Italy, Israel Palestine and Greece. Since qualified in Art Psychotherapy Matteo has been working in various NHS settings earning the ability to work creatively with people suffering mental health difficulties using a number of evidence based clinical methodologies that help to create a safe and healthy environment and to empower patients to use art as a therapeutic tool. Matteo has also contributed to deliver various creative wellbeing workshops for NHS staff and teams. As well as working as a clinician, Mateo has a strong interest in teaching and contributes to delivering art therapy summer schools and foundation courses with various institutes and educational providers in the UK.

Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

Students are welcome to use our Common Room/ The Barn during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

You are also welcome to make tea or coffee.

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be purchased on our Materials Page or on the individual course page when you make your booking.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of. Paintings that need to dry should be collected within a week. For clay sculptures that need hollowing and firing, you will receive a separate email when they can be collected.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
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Fee: £370.00