BiographyGary Nash Dip AT, MAAT trained in 1989 and 1995 at both Goldsmiths’ and St Albans. He has developed a private practice since 1995 alongside his work in social services, the voluntary sector and mainstream education.
Gary co-founded the London Art Therapy Centre in 2009, where he is a practitioner-researcher providing individual and group art therapy and delivering professional workshops and training for creative arts therapists.
He has further training in Environmental arts therapy and is a facilitator, practitioner and educator in this innovative integration of the arts and nature within a therapeutic frame.
He is research lead in the area of response art, counter-transference art, audio image recording and the outcome & evaluation of art therapy projects which he established in 2015.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
I am lead practitioner-researcher in an art-based research in my art therapy practice in London. Research partnerships include the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE) and the University of Hertfordshire. As we develop an art-based research programme we find that we are drawn to arts-based and visual methodologies which are embedded in art therapy practice. We are currently establishing a research position in relation to each of the following visual processes which we consider to be integral to art psychotherapy practices:
1. the retrospective review
2. the reflect piece – countertransference and projected material
3. audio-image recording and reflect interview
4. the response image – working alongside
5. illustrated case study
The research process, evaluation and publication of outcomes and visual material is overseen by the pioneer of art-based research, my mentor and guide, internationally acclaimed Dr Shaun McNiff.
Published: Dec 12, 2019 by International Journal of Art Therapy
Authors: Gary Nash
Subjects: Health Psychology
This ‘practice innovation’ paper provides an overview of the development of ‘response art’ which is growing as an integral part of routine clinical practice in art therapy. I provide a literature review which places a focus on the use of art therapist generated images made before, during and following clinical work. There is a particular focus on post-therapy ‘reflect piece’ imagery which is the subject of the research described in this paper.
Published: Sep 07, 2017 by International Journal of Art Therapy
Authors: Gary Nash
Subjects: Psychological Science
This arts-based research described the use of two evaluation methods - the ‘retrospective review’ (Schaverien, 1993) and the ‘reflect interview and audio-image recording’ (Springham & Brooker, 2013). This article also considers how art psychotherapists in private practice are beginning to adapt these methodologies in order to gather arts-based evaluative evidence within a collaborative client/therapist paradigm.