About Chloë Chapman
LOCATION: Palmeira Square
AVAILABILITY: Tuesday daytime, Wednesday afternoon & evening, Thursday afternoon & evening
PRICE: £50 per session (Art psychotherapy), £70 per session (EMDR)
Children & Young people
Sexual abuse and PTSD
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.
From 2015-2018 she worked for Brighton Oasis Project, a charity that works with families and young people affected by substance misuse. In 2016 she developed a Young Women's Therapy service, serving high-risk, vulnerable 18-25 year olds across East Sussex.
Post-qualification Chloë’s professional interest in the field of trauma led her to train in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a NICE recommended treatment for trauma in children, adolescents and adults.
Chloë began working in private practice in 2015 and has worked with the East and West Sussex Adoption Support services as well as several schools throughout Sussex. In her private practice she works with both adults and children, specializing in sexual, emotional and physical abuse, trauma, anxiety and depression.
As well as working at the Palmeira Practice, Chloë works as a Mental Health Specialist for the fostering organisation FosterCare UK.
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.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is an evidence-based treatment approach which can be successful in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and can reduce symptoms of anxiety, intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks associated with this condition. There is a growing body of evidence that it is also beneficial for other conditions; including depression, anxiety, phobias, eating disorders and addictions. EMDR is recommended for the treatment of PTSD in NICE guidelines, as well as the WHO, and other national organizations worldwide.
How does EMDR work?
Ordinary life events seem to be processed into our memories and become an integrated part of our life story and identity. While we still cannot know for certain what specific physiological changes occur during EMDR, we believe it has something to do with activating parts of the brain responsible for processing and integrating memories. The assumption is that this involves a similar process to that which occurs during the REM stage of sleeping.
When an event is too overwhelming or traumatic, the brain does not integrate the information in an adaptive way; it is maladaptively stored and the event or subsequent negative belief (i.e. driving is dangerous, the world is not safe, I am weak, etc.) become stuck in the nervous system, often with all the original sounds, feelings, sensations, smells and images.
Chloë will help you access these difficult memories or blocking beliefs while administering bi-lateral stimulation in the form of eye movements, taps or sounds. These will activate the parts of the brain that are responsible for integrating and processing memories and help you to activate your brain and body’s own innate healing system. You will not forget your difficult memories, but your physiological response to them can lessen, so that you feel calmer and more in-control
Chloë is a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council, a member of The British Association of Art Therapists and of the EMDR Association United Kingdom and Ireland.
Chloë's articles in expertise and resources
Available for appointments
Wednesday afternoon and evening, and Thursday afternoon and evening at Palmeira Square.