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Meet Em Inman, MATTS Clinical Lead

14th July, 2021

Hello, I'm Em Inman.

I am the clinical lead for MATTS at Excel Fostering and my core therapeutic modality is Art Psychotherapy. MATTS is a service we are able to offer young people/children coming into foster care, who may need extra support and would benefit from different types of therapy. We have a variety of therapists, each specialising in their own field involved in delivering our MATTS programme.

What is art therapy?

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication and expression. Art is not used as a diagnostic tool but more as a medium to focus on emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.

Art therapists work with young people, children, adults, and the elderly. People can have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities, or diagnoses. These include mental health, emotional or behavioural issues, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions, and physical illnesses.

Art therapy is provided individually or in groups, depending on a person's needs. It is not a lesson in art or a recreational activity, but the sessions can be enjoyable. There is no need to have any previous experience or expertise in art.

How I approach therapeutic work

My main approach to therapy is relational. I focus on the relationship as the main vehicle through which I would hope to facilitate meaningful and positive change. In art therapy we use the images to help us think about our relationships with others, ourselves and the world around us.

My experience

I have mainly worked with young people, children and their families and carers in the NHS community and inpatient services, and through adoption and fostering services. I have worked with adults and young people with complex trauma, severe mental health difficulties and eating disorders. I teach at various universities across the UK and Europe and am a supervisor for other health professionals and training arts therapists.

Professional registration

You can find out more about Art Psychotherapy at www.baat.org. I am a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).

I am a registered allied health and psychological professional – my registration is with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). www.hcpc-uk.org.

An interesting fact about me:

I love watersports and I collect Alice in Wonderland books!

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