About Chloë Chapman
Chloë has a masters degree in art psychotherapy from The University of Roehampton. She is a state registered art psychotherapist who trained at Westminster MIND, Millview Hospital and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Hove.
As well as working at the Palmeira Practice, Chloë works as a Children and Young Person’s Therapist at Young Oasis, a substance misuse charity in Brighton. In her private practice she works with both adults and children, specialising in trauma, anxiety, depression, sexual and gender identity issues.
Chloë believes that the therapeutic relationship should be one of mutual respect and works hard to create an atmosphere where you will feel safe to express how you are feeling. She works psychodynamically, which means that she explores conscious and unconscious feelings, your past experience and relationships and how they may be influencing your life today. When working with trauma, she grounds a person in the present, to ensure they feel safe and not overwhelmed by looking at the past.
Art therapy and visual expression
As an art psychotherapist she encourages you to use art materials to help you access emotional difficulty, patterns or problems that might be holding you back in your life. Often it is easier to express a feeling visually rather than verbally. Exploring the art materials in the room may start a conversation between you, and she will help you make connections between the images you create and the way you are feeling.
Chloë’s aim is to support you with any difficulties you may be experiencing, strengthen your resilience and self-esteem, and to help you move on with your life.
Art therapy and children
Children are very often unwilling to talk about what has happened to them and often express their distress in play or the creative arts. Working with an art therapist can create a nurturing environment where they can indirectly discuss their story through images, symbols or play. This can feel less threatening for a child who has already experienced some emotional difficulty in life. Chloë is able to enter into the symbolic and imaginative world of a child to help them express their emotions and to provide a safe space in which they can do so.
Art therapy, trauma and abuse
When we experience trauma the part of the brain that records language and context shuts down, so that we have few words to describe our experience. Our brains record memories of abuse and trauma in the visual and emotional part of the brain and in the body, which may be experienced as flashbacks, dreams or overwhelming sensory impressions.
With art psychotherapy, Chloë offers a unique way of accessing these visual memories through the use of images. Contact with the art materials connects us with the sense of touch. This reconnects us with our bodies, bringing awareness to the physical sensations of trauma. A conversation about a visual memory or image you have created can help to build up a clearer picture of your experience and help you to process it, so that these images don’t disturb your daily life and you are able to put your experience into a context.
Chloë is a member of the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of The British Association of Art Therapists.
Chloë's articles in expertise and resources
Available for appointments
Wednesday afternoon and evening, and Thursday afternoon and evening at Seven Dials