Arts Therapies (NHS Lothian)

Availability : Edinburgh Wide

Who is this for?

  • Children and adults affected by mental health and wellbeing difficulties

Who provides this?

  • NHS Lothian


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

The Art Therapies team aims to work with you if you 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.

The interactive use of the art form; art, music, drama, or dance, can support a trusting relationship to develop, allow you to feel listened to and understood. This can create opportunities for figuring our personal priorities, learning and change.

How do I access this?

  • Third-party referral (community mental health, CAMHS and other health and social care services)

Is there a cost?


Is there a waiting list?


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

Type of support on offer:

Support in person
Support on the phone
Support with others


Healthy living
Long term conditions/disabilities
Older people
Survivors of abuse
Young people

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