Art Therapy is therapeutic and switches your brain over from go go go, to a state of relaxation. It is also a way to express how you are feeling and let go of negativity.
You don’t need to be an artist to apply this to your life, you just need to be open and ready for change and transformation to begin.
Art Therapy is beneficial for anyone experiencing:
- Trauma / PTSD
- Panic Attacks
- Domestic/ Family Violence
- Eating Disorder
- Grief/ Loss
- Postpartum depression
- Substance abuse/ addictions
- Suicidal thoughts/ attempts
- Chronic health condition
Art Therapy vs. Talk Therapy?
Everyone is unique and sometimes we find it challenging to put words to feelings and art therapy provides an alternative way to express these emotions. Instead of words, clients can use visuals to convey their message and allow the artwork to be their voice.
What is the difference between Art Therapy and Art Classes?
One-on-one and group art therapy sessions are facilitated by a registered Art Therapist that is trained in psychotherapy principles and uses art as an avenue to explore inner emotions and concerns. Art class is a structured learning experience where the emphasis is on learning artistic techniques, there is no counselling/therapy involved.
Do I need to have some skill in art to attend an art therapy session?
No previous artistic skills or experience is required to attend an art therapy session. Art therapy is more focused on the therapeutic benefits an individual gets from the art-making process, rather than what the finished artwork looks like.
Do we have to provide art materials?
No, I offer a diverse range of good quality art materials for the session. From painting, crayons, collage to clay. However, if there is a specific art material you would like to use in a session, I encourage you to bring it in.
What is the focus in these sessions?
After an initial assessment of the client, I tailor future sessions to the specific goals of the client and parental concerns, in particular using the art-making to encourage more self-awareness, emotional regulation and overall healthier mental well-being. To get the full art therapy experience I would recommend 6 to 8 sessions, but on going regular sessions would be very beneficial for general wellbeing and mental health.