My life journey
Dalit Bar has worked as a counsellor and an art therapist for the last 8 years in public and private practice in Melbourne. She has a passion for working with children and their families, where she creates a healing space and where her experience can enable clients to explore and understand the experience or events that are troubling them.
Dalit’s approach incorporates various modalities including creative therapies, meditation, and mindfulness. She completed a Master of Art Therapy course in 2016 and has been working in particular, with children and families who are suffering from trauma and attachment issues.
My Love of Art Inspired Me to Become a Counsellor and Art Therapist
Art has always been a big part of my life. As a child I always sketched and scribbled on endless pieces of papers. Art let me disappear into my own world of imagination and find harmony. Then when I reached adulthood, I trained as professional artist and a graphic designer in Israel.
My counselling career began when I studied Art Therapy in Melbourne to overcome my own relationships problems. Art Therapy assisted me in identifying and clarifying and resolving issues and concerns about my relationships. It was a challenging process at times, as new awareness, thoughts and feelings emerged. This eventually led to a new way of being in the world. Art therapy taught me a lot about myself and how I am with other people. For example, it helped me to be honest with what I need in relationships and to grow as a person. Later, I decided to study counselling, as I wanted to increase my skills.
My Counselling Practice Today
We all experience the world around us via different glasses depending on our personal experiences, social status, health status, spiritual beliefs and family values, I integrate a variety of contemporary counselling models in my work to help improve mental health and well-being on all levels – physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual.
As a counsellor, I aim to help my clients raise their awareness and understanding where they are at in their own life journey, so they can create the changes necessary to have the life they want.
Counselling can help you identify blocks to various aspects in life and then develop healthy coping and communication skills to improve your self-esteem and confidence and lead to personal growth.
The therapy methods I use include a wide range of approaches to fit the needs of my clients including: Mindfulness, Person Centered-therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Art Therapy and Meditation.
Counselling and Art Therapy Qualifications
- Master of Art Therapy
- EFT Emotion – Focused Therapy (level 1-3)
- Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)
- Graduate Diploma in Experimential Creative Art Therapies.
Professional Counselling Memberships
- PACAV (Psychotherapy & Counselling federation of Australia)
- ANZATA (Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association)
- ACATA (Australian Creative Art Therapists Association)