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Art Therapy 

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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

Neurodivergence

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.

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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

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