Why choose Art Therapy?
Art Therapy can benefit people of all ages and abilities. It can be useful to improve emotional and behavioural wellbeing as well as increase psychological self-awareness. Art Therapy can help process loss and bereavement and be supportive through life changes. Art Therapy provides safe expression for suppressed thoughts and feelings left over following trauma or abuse. Through safety, freedom of choice in artistic expression, and non-judgmental support from the Art Therapist, symptoms such as anger, depression, and anxiety can diminish.
What is an Art Therapy session like?
Art Therapy sessions are kept confidential and non-judgmental. The client is invited to experiment and work with a variety of art materials to explore their thoughts and feelings. During the course of the therapy the client’s artwork is stored confidentially, is kept safe for the duration of the therapeutic relationship, and can be reflected upon throughout the therapeutic process.
Who can be an Art Therapy Client?
Art Therapy clients do not need to have any previous experience of art making as the “process” rather than the “product” is kept most in mind in Art Therapy. The act of making art within a session can help to understand and communicate feelings a client may have previously acted out through behaviours they wish to change. Art making can bring a movement toward change by providing a process that can be reflected on between therapist and client. Art Therapy places importance on the triangular relationship between the client, the art work and the therapist.