Elly Phillimore

Art Psychotherapy

Art therapy services provide a safe, confidential and creative space to better understand thoughts, feelings and experiences and improve expression and communication with others.

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"I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for"

Georgia O'Keeffe


Services I Offer

Kids Painting

 Weekly individual art therapy sessions. 

Short or long term weekly therapy available.

Sessions tailored to an individual's needs

Most individual therapy sessions are delivered within my therapy room, at Bridge House, Long Eaton in between Derby and Nottingham.

Group art therapy sessions for children, young people or parents

  • Can be offered within schools.

  • Long or short term work

  • Themes to suits the needs of the clients

Group numbers depend on the clients and the theme of the work

Themes of the group sessions can include the following:

  - Managing stress and anxiety
  - Self harm
  - Self esteem and self identity
  - Exam difficulties
 - Communicating in a safe effective way

Delivering workshops and training to school staff, social workers, trainee counsellors, foster carers and parents. These workshops are tailored to the needs of the group. Workshop themes may include:

  • Using art and play as a way of communication

  • Mess and boundaries

  • Working creatively with emotional trauma

This training can be delivered via Zoom or face to face.

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Clinical Supervision for art psychotherapists, trainee therapists and other health, education and social care professionals.
Weekly, fortnightly or monthly sessions available.
This takes place at my therapy room in Long Eaton or via Zoom.


What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve someone's  mental and emotional well-being. This creative process can help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviours and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.

I am an experienced art therapist, having worked in CAMHS and local and national charities for over ten years. I have always loved art, the soothing qualities it offers but also the power it has to express the things that words cannot. I like introducing people to this way of art making or encouraging them to find their own ways of working and using art to suit their needs.   

My aim is to offer a safe, confidential, creative space, to work with clients to help them to better understand their thoughts, feelings and experiences in order to improve their sense of wellbeing, confidence and relationships.

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In weekly one to one therapy sessions, the clients are supported in exploring their thoughts, feelings and experiences using art materials, story making, puppets, drama, sand, objects and talking. The work can be short or long term work.

Clients produce images or stories which can help them to increase their understanding of themselves and their situations. This therapy doesn’t depend on words and can therefore be helpful to someone who finds it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings by talking.


Clients can be any age from four years old to adult or the parents of a child or teenager. The reasons for attending therapy vary which means the number of sessions they may need will also vary. Clients don’t need to feel like they are skilled at art making to attend.

Common issues that clients explore are;

Abuse, emotional trauma, bereavement, sexual abuse, self harm, domestic violence, anxiety, anger, stress, panic attacks, self esteem or confidence issues and dissociation.

Difficulties at work or school

Clients I work with:

Any age from four to adult. Looked after children or adults who have experienced the care system. I also work with students who are attending therapy to support their learning​, private clients as well as clients funded by organisations. 

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About Me

I have worked as a qualified art psychotherapist (also known as an art therapist) for over ten years. In this time I have worked with CAMHS as well as local and national charity organisations. I have provided individual art therapy to children and adults as well as creative group therapy for children, teenagers and parents. I love what I do, I like seeing the change and the confidence grow in the clients I work with. 

I have a therapy room in the heart of Long Eaton, Derbyshire. I am able to travel in order to attend meetings.  

More information about art therapy can be found at of which I am a member.



I offer a free initial 20 minute phone call or meeting where we can discuss if your referral would be appropriate. Fees are considered and planned on an individual basis following a discussion. These are the basic fees:


Individual Art Therapy Sessions

(50 minutes)

I reserve a few spaces at a reduced fee for low income clients and for students

£55 per hour

Individual Parent or professional consultation (60 minutes).

This can be arranged over the phone, by email or within an initial meeting. Please contact me to discuss this further.

Price Varies

Group Art Therapy, training and workshops

Fees are dependant upon time, location, service offered and number of participants. Please contact me to discuss this further.

£55 per hour

Clinical Supervision

Length and frequency of clinical supervision can vary to suit your needs. We can meet at my therapy room or online.


Contact Me

Elly Art Psychotherapy
Office 16, Bridge House, 
Long Eaton,
NG10 1HH

Call or Text: 0754 3399 272

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