Making Contact: Parallels between Therapy and Art - Online Workshop


In this online workshop I will be sharing the experiences and resultant thinking that led me to think that there is specific common ground between the artistic and therapeutic encounter. I will share footage from documentary films I have made and draw on the experience of others too. The latter part of the event will encourage participants to reflect on and share their own experiences that both endorse and challenge the ideas I put forward, so we can all learn together.

Venue: This event will be held online

Costs: Donate what you feel

Further details

Carl Rogers regarded the experience of “contact” between therapist and client as being sufficiently important to be regarded as one of the core conditions for therapeutic change to occur. But what does contact mean. How and why does it have this powerful impact. In what ways is the contact experienced in therapy replicated in the experience between an artist and their audience. In the present day, might this be in part what art is for?We hope in this exploration that artist, therapist, client and audience member alike will all find things that enhance their understanding of the experiences of others as well as their own. All are welcome, regardless of discipline or experience.

The link to join the event will be emailed to you separately the day before the webinar.

You are invited to join the event at 9.45 for a 10am start, to say hello and ask any early questions. Please note, these times are UK GMT.



Andy Whitehouse is a psychotherapist in private practice and an Associate with Sheffield Central Counselling. He is also a songwriter and musician who has recorded and performed with award winning folk singer Chris Wood; an events promoter staging events by international artists in acoustic, jazz and world music; and a tour manager with the likes of the renowned Tcha Limberger’s Budapest Gypsy Orchestra. He created and managed “The Circle”, an award winning and nationally recognised inclusive performance and participatory arts project, and his work has won awards for inclusive creatively based training. In 2019 he was granted funding by Arts Council England to deliver “One:One” – an installation within which he (and invited other artists) delivered performances of individual songs to individual audiences within a designed, discrete space. The key themes were intimacy and connection in the context of performance. Two documentaries on the One:One experience are available on Youtube.

You can find out more about One:One and see a trailer for the film here:

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