It is amazing to discover that art has existed at times when we imagine physical survival to have been the uppermost priority. Perhaps this can tell us that the human being has regarded survival of the soul as being at least of equal importance to physical survival, if not more so. The ancient cave paintings testify to this and recently even older works of art have been discovered.
“Continuous exposure to the arts is one of the best ways to prepare ourselves for relationship: Much better than relying on the psychological in our approach to life. More important than the particular theme we find in the arts which may give us insight into relationship is the general education in poetic thinking and living that the arts provide. Through immersion in the arts, our reflection on life becomes larger, so that when we are confronted with the challenges of relationship we will have a rich imagination to bring to them and the ability to think poetically.” Thomas Moore “Soul Mates” ISBN 0-06-092-496-9
Art is a gateway into the soul. When we practice art we play- just as earnestly as we did when we were children. We can communicate something from the depth of our soul without using words and can thus be more truly in tune with ourselves.
Art therapy recognises the tremendous power and necessity for art in our lives. It is my firm conviction that life without the presence of art life will become empty and shallow and ultimately lead to illness of both body and soul. We all know that we need to exercise our bodies in order to keep fit. What we may be less aware of is that our soul too needs exercising if it is not to become inert and paralysed, hyperactive or chaotic. Continuing stress, anxiety, depression, worry or a feeling of inadequacy often leads to physical illness.
In the practice of art therapy I use the process of art itself to rekindle the will to be whole. I see the human being itself as a work of art – the beauty and wisdom of our body and the longings and aspirations of our soul. We can describe illness or the feeling of being unwell in artistic terms – what is lacking, what is too much – and in doing so provide the tools to address imbalances. Art becomes becomes in this way the healing agent.
By engaging with certain specific and tailor made artistic exercises, our emotions and feelings can be stimulated, calmed or ordered according to the individual disposition and situation that has led to illness or crisis – and it can be fun too! Many people starting out with Art Therapy often report that their powers of observation have been greatly enhanced, their sensitivity to and appreciation of colours in nature stimulated and that they become aware of hidden parts of themselves and discover an inner source of creativity. Art Therapy can also accompany a person on this journey.
I FELT MORE IN TOUCH WITH MY BODY & MUCH MORE RELAXED
It's hard to describe those touches with Trish's warm hands, sometimes light as a feather and sometimes as a deep but gentle move that at first seems random but then I found my breathing echoed the movement.
Good Mood Stabiliser
Daily practice of eurythmy therapy has proved a good mood stabiliser for me.
The acupuncture treatments shifted my state of health
The acupuncture treatments shifted my state of health and my understanding of it, and I felt accompanied in this process of recovery in a gentle, kind and professional way. All in all it was much more than “needles” and I would definitely recommend Paloma.
The support and treatment he provides is beyond compare
Dr Andrew Evans is very friendly and helpful taking away any nervousness you might feel. The support and treatment he provides is beyond compare and has made a big difference to my life! Liz Hart
It has given clear focus to my life.
I have enjoyed my art therapy and the clear focus it has given to my life. My daily purpose and direction has been eased by it. It has freed me up of my pointless baggage. I feel better about my self and my life, more cheerful, much less unhappy. It has been an important process for putting my life into better perspective. I can feel my inner happiness coming through and do feel lighter in myself today-SJT
An Exemplary Doctor
In my opinion, Dr Claudia Kempfen is an exemplary doctor. As a patient with a rare condition she has been supportive and genuinely caring, researching where necessary and pursuing channels of further investigation. Her attention to detail is unfaltering and thorough. I consider her humanitarian attitude a further gift for those in her care. MF 15.07.2016
Dr Andrew Evans is little short of a miracle worker! He transformed me from a hobbling wreck to a reasonable upright and free moving 73 year old!!! Highly recommended. Peter J
Totally Headache Free
I visited Andrew over a year ago because bad headaches were affecting me. With his expertise and knowledge, I am now totally headache free and always leave with a total sense of general well being - feeling totally revitalised!!! Tracey L
St Luke’s Art Therapy
I now feel armed with knowledge and tools that really help me; not only have I been supported in my journey to get well, but I have also discovered a new way of seeing life and a skill which I had always wished I possessed, but never had the chance or indeed the inclination to follow. With the nurturing and caring support I have received from Karin, I have found within myself a centre of peace, calm and inner confidence which I can use to apply to every day life. H.R.
I have suffered from back problems much of my life (recently discovered one leg is longer than the other) and must say the longest time pain free was after a series of sessions with Andrew - only not having more because I left the country! Bruce Fenton
I feel so blessed to have met Andrew. I have experienced such a profound level of healing after each treatment I have had, on a mind, body and soul level. Andy is an incredibly caring, professional, wise and knowledgeable Soul and works with such integrity to get to the root of the issue presented enabling healing to take place. The ladies at the centre are so welcoming, calm and approachable too. To echo a previous reviewer, I have found my treatments to be life changing on so many levels. Thank you.