Arts Psychotherapies (NHS Lothian)

Availability : Edinburgh Wide

Who is this for?

  • Children and adults affected by mental health and wellbeing difficulties


Arts Psychotherapies are person-centred psychological therapies that are based in NHS Lothian in Community, Inpatient and Children and Young People Services.

The Art Psychotherapies team aims to work with people who don’t find words accessible or helpful when describing or understanding intense emotional experiences. This could be due to your processing capacity being impacted but often it is due to complex trauma or a period of acute mental health difficulties.

At present we cannot take self-referrals from members of the public for Arts Psychotherapies treatments. We can only take referrals for people who are already connected with other services in NHS Lothian. This might be people already using inpatient services, or children and young people connected with Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). This can also include referrals from General Practitioners that are made through Primary Care, and from Community Mental Health Teams across Edinburgh and the Lothians. This is because we are a small service and we are trying to make sure that we are targeting our services at those in most need.

If you are interested in accessing arts psychotherapies, then probably the best route for you initially is to speak with your General Practitioner about your wellbeing and mental health. If they agree with you that a referral to your local Community Mental Health Team is appropriate then they will do this for you, and at that stage you could ask about Arts Psychotherapies.

Is there a cost?

NHS Service

Location information

  • Facilities vary according to location

Opening times

Times vary depending on location and your needs.

Contact Details

Arts Therapies Service, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside Pl, Edinburgh , EH10 5HF

Types of support on offer:

Support in person
Support on the phone
Support with others

Type of services on offer:

Complex needs
Healthy living
Long term conditions/disabilities

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