Referral Criteria

Art Therapeutic Group and Performance Art Group Criteria

We accept referrals for adults (18+) with Care Plans from all London Local Authorities as well as from the Authorities in Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset. We will accept people from other locations as long as they are able to get to the studio with a reasonable travel time. Remote support is not dependent on location, though will require the member to have internet access.

The membership through the local authorities is funded either through Direct Payments, Personal Budgets or Spot Purchasing arrangements.

Referrals can be made by GP's, Occupational or Art Therapists, Community Mental Health Team, Support Workers, Social Workers or Psychiatrists as well as through partner agencies in the voluntary sector.  We have broad criteria as our aim is to be as inclusive and destigmatising as possible.

Our Members are people living with severe and enduring mental health needs including the following:

  • Bipolar
  • PTSD
  • Personality Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Addiction
  • Trauma
  • Dual diagnosis 

As well as people with mild learning difficulties and/or moderate conditions including the following:

  • Depression
  • Panic Disorder
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Health Anxiety and Medically Unexplained Symptoms
  • Social Phobia
  • Specific Phobia
  • Single incident PTSD
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Anger (where there is NO risk of actual physical violence to others)
  • Anxiety/ depression in people with long term physical conditions
  • Anxiety/ depression in carers
  • Post-natal anxiety/depression

People are required to be:

  • Motivated to attend, to improve their wellbeing, to engage with the group and in artmaking in a regular pattern
  • A low level of risk to self and others

We cannot offer placement for people with the following as they are unlikely to benefit:

  • Active risk of harm to self/ current suicidal intent or a recent suicide attempt, or still in crisis
  • Active risk of harm to others or recent history of violence
  • Active symptoms of psychosis or manic/hypomanic episodes
  • Personality traits that would make engagement with the Studio difficult for the other members
  • Drug and alcohol misuse at a level of misuse likely to prevent engagement with the studio community
  • Significant psychosocial or physical health factors which prevent engagement in regular psychological therapy 
  • Where ongoing home visits are required

How to refer someone or to self refer

Please complete the referral form. After completion, we will arrange an initial visit to discuss the plan and complete the membership agreement.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Studio Upstairs and self-fund your attendance, please use the form on this page to arrange an initial visit. During the initial visit, we will discuss fee options, however, please note that there are very limited places for people who are self-funding and not able to cover the full fees.

Other Groups we run include:

Social Prescribing Online Art Group - 12x sessions; 

Creative Carers

Creative Writing

Those group are also for adults (18+) yet they are aimed at people with a lower level of need.  The main aim is art for wellbeing and prevention. People are usually joining through the social prescribing teams or are self-referring. The groups are in 12-week blocks unless stated otherwise.

Not sure if Studio Upstairs is the appropriate service?

If you feel unsure about how someone may benefit from becoming a Studio Member please feel welcome to contact us by email to arrange a phone call with a Studio Manager (Art Therapist) to explore further.

Online referral form

    Name of potential member:

    Date Of Birth:


    Post code:


    Home tel:


    Which Studio are you interested in attending:

    Which Group are you interested in attending:

    How did you hear about Studio Upstairs?

    Referral details:

    Referral contact







    Funding of membership fees

    Funding is not confirmed, though has been applied for:

    Funding is confirmed and it will be through:

    Name of Local Authority/ NHS Trust:

    Self Funding - are you in receipt of any of the following benefits:
    NonePersonal Independence Payment: Enhanced ratePersonal Independence Payment: Standard rateDisability Living AllowanceEmployment and Support AllowanceJob Seekers AllowanceCarers Allowance

    Additional information: