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Art Psychotherapist

Breathe provides a research based multi-disciplinary treatment programme for eating distress i.e. Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating and Failed dieting/obesity. Breathe uses a holistic and integrative treatment model funded by The National Centre for Eating Disorders and involves the combined use of therapeutic interventions.

Your role within the organisation is help people who may struggle to communicate verbally or express their feelings working as an Art Therapist.

Education & Qualifications -

Art therapists need a postgraduate diploma in art therapy or psychotherapy that is recognised by the Health Professions.

Proof of continuing professional development, including workshops, training and checks from professional bodies to make sure their professional knowledge and skills are up to date.

Technical Skills/Training -

A strong knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of psychotherapy and the role art can play in treatment.

The ability to handle sensitive and difficult issues.

Excellent communication and inter-personal skills.

Proven administrative, time management and organisational ability.


The confidence to work with people on their own and in groups.

Person will be able to communicate effectively with clients, families, clinicians, colleagues and staff from other agencies.

Person will have creativity, self-direction, self-awareness and show initiative.

The position requires a person with a sound knowledge and understanding of the needs of eating disorders, mental health and emotional disorders.

A person who has proven skills in working with clients to build up their self-esteem and confidence.

A person with sound experience in working in group situations and with an understanding of group processes.

Person should have excellent communication and inter-personal skills; proven administrative, time management and organisational abilities.

Establishing a relationship of trust and respect with clients.

Agreeing a contract to determine what will be covered in sessions (including confidentiality issues).

Encouraging clients to talk about issues they feel they cannot normally share with others.

Actively listening to client concerns and empathizing with their position.

Accepting without bias the issues raised by clients.

Helping clients towards a deeper understanding of their concerns.

Challenging any inconsistencies in what clients say or do.

Helping clients to make decisions and choices regarding possible ways forward.

Referring clients to other sources of help as appropriate.

Person must be able to agree targets in relation to client contact.

Person must be able to keep records and utilise reporting tools.

The ability to operate as a member of a team.

Person should have the flexibility of making the most of opportunities as they arise.

Qualities/Strengths/Skills -

Excellent artistic abilities, creativity, imagination and enthusiasm.

Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills.

A strong empathy with and commitment to helping people from all walks of life.

Ability to provide a trusting, open, kind-hearted atmosphere that encourages learning and participation.

Ability to deal with difficult, perhaps painful and embarrassing situations.

Emotional strength.

Attitude and Approach -

A flexible and adaptable approach.

A non-judgemental attitude.

Empathy and the ability to gain clients’ trust.

Maturity, patience and a calm, respectful manner.

Patience and commitment.

Personal Circumstance -

Able to work outside office hours as required and to travel and stay away from home as required.