Individual Art Therapy
Art therapy is an allied health profession that combines art and counselling within a clinical, therapeutic or community context. Art therapy is used for the treatment and healing of developmental, emotional and psychological problems or disorders. It is also used as a wellbeing intervention for groups and communities experiencing distress.
All Rainbow Muse Clinic Art Therapists are Masters qualified and have Professional Registration with The Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA)
Art therapy has been shown to benefit people of all ages. Because art therapy allows people to express feelings on any subject through creative work rather than with speech, it is particularly helpful for those who feel out of touch with their emotions or feelings. Individuals experiencing difficulty discussing or remembering painful experiences may also find art therapy especially beneficial.
Positive results in art therapy may often be achieved by those facing issues such as:
Generalized Anxiety and Feelings of Overwhelm
Depression and Low Moods
Traumatic Events and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion
Sexuality and Gender Identity
Personal Development and Wellbeing
Identity and Individuation
Grief and Loss
Cultural Diversity and Navigating the World
Transitions and Changes
Art therapists are trained to pick up on nonverbal symbols and metaphors that are often expressed through art and the creative process, concepts that are usually difficult to express with words. It is through this process that the individual really begins to see the effects of art therapy and the discoveries that can be made.
The use of Therapeutic Arts Practise also incorporates sand play , music and dance and movement. No art experience is required as the emphasis is on the experience and process of creating, rather than the final product.
Group Therapy Sessions
If you are looking on behalf of an organisation, school or community group I can offer therapeutic support in group settings. Art Therapy can be held as a group over 4 to 8 weeks. Sessions can focus on a particular mental health concern, or explore themes specific to the cohort. Participants journey and process together. All groups are age and developmentally-appropriate, culturally sensitive, trauma-informed, and inclusive. Creative and Expressive Arts Therapy engages the whole brain and allows for the integration of cognitive, feeling and sensory processes. Groups can aid participants to:
Express feelings that may be difficult to verbalise
Share in a safe nurturing environment
Improve motor skills and physical coordination
Explore their imagination and creativity
Develop healthy coping skills and strategies
Create new ways of regulating emotions
Improve self-esteem and confidence
Find alternative ways to communicate and express
Identify blocks to emotional expression and personal growth