Visual Arts Therapy is a new service at The School of Life which offers personal consultations with a therapist expert in both art and psychotherapy. A session of Visual Arts Therapy offers a chance to discuss issues and witness them illuminated by carefully chosen works of art relevant to your situation. After your consultation, you will receive a curated list of images, along with an intelligent and wise commentary to guide you in how to look at and and get the most from them. In many ways a direct counterpart to our well-established Bibliotherapy service, Visual Arts Therapy is a further extension of The School of Life's belief in the therapeutic benefits of art and culture.
Though it’s often assumed that art exists merely ‘for art’s sake’, the basis of Visual Arts Therapy is the belief that works of art have a particular capacity to offer hope, usher in calm, dignify sorrow, expand one’s imagination, stretch one’s powers of empathy and lend one self-understanding.
A connection with a piece of well-chosen art can have a powerful effect on many of our problems: for example, a troublesome relationship with a partner or child, the ongoing burden of caring for a sick relative, the stress of a difficult boss, bereavement, or the pain of unrequited love or infertility. The right artwork can expand one’s horizons, reframe one’s dilemmas and profoundly influence one’s sense of self-worth and well-being. Let us guide you to those works of art most relevant, and most helpful, to your situation.
To find out more about the service, download our Frequently Asked Questions PDF here.