Abbie Parry


I am HCPC registered Art Therapist, from the University of Chester. I have a background in children’s illustration and community art workshops.

I have over a decade of experience working in various care roles, systems and settings. I have worked across all ages, from babies and toddlers up to the elderly. I am passionate about working with people and providing safe and nurturing therapeutic care, using art as a non-verbal means of communication.

My first and most important aspect to my work is to provide safe and nurturing spaces. My aims are to build a sense of safety (internally and externally), community, form a foundation for healing, improve confidence, self-worth and self-fulfilment in life.

I love to learn and incorporate new ideas and ways of working in my practice. I practice using a trauma-informed approach and believe the mind-body connection and nature is hugely important for recovery, mental health, and wellbeing. My therapeutic style also incorporates other approaches such as; CBT, meditation, mindfulness, grounding, breathwork, music and nature and eco-therapy (through materials or working outdoors) in my work.
Am I in safe hands?
Art therapists undertake two years of full-time postgraduate training, working as a trainee in a clinical setting, alongside experimental studies. Each therapist has their own supervision and support. They are able to adapt art therapy to suits the needs of each person attending.Art therapists are regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
and the British Association of Art Therapists.
For more info go to www.baat.orgWhat even is it?!

Art therapy is a form of therapy that uses art materials instead of just talking.

Art therapy can provide emotional support to anyone; including those with illness / treatment,  bereavement, trauma, & mental health needs.

But don’t I need to be good at art?

Everyone has an inner artist, including you.
It is about expressing yourself
and communicating in a visual form.
No prior knowledge or skill is needed – just a willingness to try using the materials.
It is a journey of self discovery –  not an art class!

How do I join?

By referral, either from a third party, such as a social worker. Or self refer within the organisation. This will be followed by an assessment, from both parties, to check suitability.

What can I expect?

Art therapy can be held in open studios, structured groups or 1:1 sessions. This may depend upon the setting and your needs.

As it is a creative therapy – you make the decision on how much time you like to spend talking or making art.

Your first sessions will typically be getting to know your therapist and the materials available, which may include paints, pencils, clay and pastels.

Some people like to work to a theme or idea, whereas others like to go with the flow! The picture or sculpture can be reflected upon when finished. However, there is no pressure to share your thoughts or feelings. The artwork made may be a few simple lines, abstract, realistic, or diagrammatic. It is for you to find your own meaning and its connection to you. In group sessions we ask to respect each others privacy and not discuss the artwork and conversations outside of it.

Is it confidential?

Confidentiality will be kept to within reason. The art therapist is part of your primary care team and information may need to be shared within the team regarding your health and well-being.

Artwork made will be kept safely and securely. It will not be shared with others or taken outside of the therapy space. You make take your artwork home once you have completed your sessions.

Does it have any benefits?

YES! Art therapy has many benefits including;

Self expression and self esteem.
Expression of feelings that may be jumbled or hard to speak about.
A space to share your “negative” emotions such as pain, anger, sadness, grief, with no judgement.
Coming to terms with physical illness.
Recognising your own growth and inner strength.
A visual record of your trauma, struggles and healing.
Coming to terms with physical illness.
Help you identify the goals you want to achieve.
The opportunity to clarify what is important to you.
Relief from pain, stress and anxiety.
Reduces depression and can help with other mental health needs.
Can increase concentration.

Current Availability

Wednesday afternoon
Friday evening