What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is described by the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) as “a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as a diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.” Clients may have a range of difficulties, varying from spiritual to emotional, and mental to physical and/or behavioural problems. Art Therapy is certainly not limited to being used as a healing modality within mental health settings. Neither is the use of Art Therapy limited to a certain age group, but it is widely applicable across all members of society.
There are those times in our lives when we feel slightly stuck, we just can’t seem to find our next step forward. Perhaps we don’t know which direction to take in our career or family life, or we feel held back in other ways. We might talk about it with friends and family but we can’t seem to lay our finger on what it is that is holding us back. Sometimes throughout our lives the very same or similar old issues seem to be repeating themselves. No matter how much we talk about these issues with our close friends, partners, family or counsellors, we cannot seem to shift these blockages. But like the most beautiful and inspiring Pema Chodron has said:
.. nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know ..
And the BEST thing is; you don’t need to be ‘ARTISTIC’ or have ANY experience with art mediums - AT ALL!
Transparency & Honesty
When we work together, it is important you are transparent and honest with me, and more importantly with yourself. Remember at all times that we are working in a safe space.
Sometimes all we need is a simple nudge to keep going, at other times we may need to listen to deeper passions or long forgotten dreams and callings. What might be needed is to connect with different aspects of our Selves, parts which have not been heard or listened to for a while. The next step could be to find ways to integrate these parts so we can become whole again. Using a variety of art mediums we can explore what things look like.
My approach is client-centered. During sessions we dig deep into our Toolboxes (yes! both yours and mine!) and may use a variety of art materials, from pastels and oil crayons to paint, mixed media, items from nature, collage, clay, essential oils and more. We find ways to get in contact with the subconscious part of our being and bring unknown and helpful resources back into our awareness. Sometimes we may include drumming, music or role play. The whole process is intuitive, safe and I journey right alongside you, to those places within where you need to go to obtain healing or guidance, as needed.