What is Art Therapy?
“Arts therapy is an allied health profession. It is delivered by professionally trained arts therapists who work with clients using art, dance or drama within their therapy sessions. The therapist supports participants to work toward their individual goals in creative ways to enhance physical and emotional well-being.” (ANZACTA)
Mindsight Counselling and Art Therapy helps with creativity and spontaneity, confidence-building and increase personal autonomy and motivation. The participant and the therapist work together within clearly defined boundaries and goals in a safe, confidential and nurturing environment. Participants do not need to have any prior experience making art as the emphasis is generally on the creative process rather than the outcome.
How does arts therapy work?
The participant and the therapist work together within clearly defined boundaries and goals in a safe, confidential and nurturing environment. Participants do not need to have any prior experience making art as the emphasis is generally on the creative process rather than the outcome.
Who would benefit from arts therapy?
Arts therapy is client-centred, inclusive and outcome oriented. It can be useful for individuals, groups, and communities. It is suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Children are most often referred to art/play therapy when they are experiencing significant emotional behavioural challenges.
A child who may benefit from art and play therapy may exhibit one or more of the following:
- Has suffered trauma
- Parents are divorced/separated
- Is suffering from anxiety, stress
- Is withdrawn or unhappy
- Is autistic, disabled, or chronically ill
- Is experiencing bullying
- Has difficulty making friends
- Displays inappropiate behaviours
- Doesn’t play
- Doesn’t talk
Art Therapy with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
The unique learning styles of children with ASD are particularly well suited to art therapy interventions. Art therapy helps to practise motor coordination and imitation skills through a variety of activities such as cutting, gluing, drawing and painting. Furthermore, some sensory activities can be soothing in their tactile and repetitive nature for the individual with an ASD.
Art can provide a variety of concrete, visual cues to help improve task comprehension and social awareness.
Art Therapy Interventions:
- Enhancing Adaptive Living skills
- Developing Social Skills
- Increasing Emotional Awareness and Understanding
- Assessing and addressing Family Dynamics.
Individuals: $120* for 60 minute session
Families and Couples: $150* for an initial 90 minute session and $120* for hour-long sessions thereafter.
Counselling can help with:
- Building self-esteem
- Loss and seeking clarity
I can come to you – I can come to you by prior arrangement. The fee for a home visit will depend on your location. The fee is based on the standard fee with the addition of time and travel.
* Sliding Scale
I believe firmly that it is a human right to have access to quality mental and emotional support services. For this reason, I offer a sliding scale for those clients who are in circumstances of financial hardship. A lack of money shouldn’t preclude anyone from accessing a quality service for mental and emotional wellbeing. If you wish to begin Creative Arts Therapy and know you are in a position of financial hardship please send me an email with your circumstances and together we can negotiate a rate you can afford. I offer this in good will and encourage my colleagues and community of therapists and counsellors doing private work to also consider offering this to bridge the gap between the private and public mental health care systems.
Call me on 0412 396 644 for a confidential discussion.