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Individual and Group Art Therapy sessions for Adults, Adolescents & Children ~ in the Macedon Ranges & Mount Alexander Shires

Art Therapy

What is Art Therapy?

It uses creative processes such as art-making using a wide variety of visual art mediums, drama, dance, movement and writing (uniquely for each person or group), within a therapeutic relationship to improve and enhance wellbeing holistically: the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental, all intertwined. Art Therapy can be supportive to people across the life span and with varying abilities and encompasses a variety of psychotherapy theoretical frameworks. Creating and making meaning is the main emphasis, rather than creating a final product. A Registered Art Therapist focuses on developing a confidential therapeutic relationship, with clear boundaries and established intentions.

Art Therapy & Community Arts ~ Group Events & Retreats

~ Art Journalling Winter course for Children 7-12yrs, at Squishy Minnie Bookstore, Kyneton – Sold out

~ Group Art Therapy for Children bereaved by suicide, 6 week series. Auspiced by MRSPAG, completed in Term 3 at Newham

~ Group Art Therapy for Children with ASD – planning for sessions to commence in Kyneton & Castlemaine – in 2020

~ Wellbeing for Women navigating Mental Health ~ Summer one day retreat (Art Therapy, Yoga, Meditation, Naturopathy) at Bundaleer Homestead, Gisborne – 2020

 

Art Therapy ~ One-to-One Sessions

Sessions are available for Children, Adolescents and Adults: no referral is required. I provide a safe, confidential ‘holding space’ as I companion whomever I am working with, offering my  integrity and compassion, using creative processes and a wide range of art materials. Art Therapy is a form of Counselling or Psychotherapy and no prior art experience or expertise is required. Focus is on a shared ‘inquiry’ using various arts mediums that may include: clay, paint, sand trays, drawing, collage, movement, natural objects, textiles, writing & poetry, images, sculpture, photography, symbols or rituals ~ rather than creating a polished art piece.

 

Home, Hospital & School visits

I draw on my Registered Nursing experiences of giving both hospital, home based care and draw on my work in schools, to adapt Art Therapy sessions to the bedside, home or school.

An additional small travel fee can be negotiated.

 

Hours & Fees

One-to-One sessions are available by appointment with rooms in Kyneton and Castlemaine. See ‘learn more’ for more details.

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Praise…

Marita takes you into an art space where you are able to create a story using your own pieces of work.
Her compassion and love for creating meaning through art is unique.

Effie Lagos

Thank you Marita for a soft leadership. Through calmness, you are leading me towards the goal, what it is I need to shine on myself. It’s wonderful with so much material to choose from in the creation. The clay is an enormously good tool. To let the hands play with it and see what it turns into. You pointing out in a very good way the importance to be in the present and to really feel the material and the colour with all your being and all your senses. To then continue with clay figures in our own body movement, just to be able to use your own body to express your inner being is fantastic. You are a calm and harmonious leader. Light and love Ing-Marie (Sweden).

Ing-Marie Sönne Private Creative Arts Therapy ~ Sweden, 2013

A workshop with Marita is like stepping into a new world were nature is your dance partner and source of inspiration for your movements, for your own unique dance. Relating to nature in this way, close and intimate evokes feelings of communion and oneness with nature and made me feel a part of everything. Working together in a common workshop was smooth and effortless with a lot of space for each others gifts and creativity and an openess to find new meetings of what we could offer. There is so many possibilities for co-creation and blending of different arts in Marita’s work and that is so beautiful. I am thankful that I could be a part of it. (Sweden)

Malin Odenhall Physiotherapist & Dance Practitioner

My organisation Many Hands International, hosted Marita to work with us offering arts therapy services to women in Timor-Leste who had experienced trauma during their country’s turbulent history. We were delighted that Marita was so thoughtful, kind, sincere and fully present to all the women she worked with. She offered creative, stimulating, challenging and quieting experiences which participants enjoyed enormously and reported significant benefits from. Many very appreciative comments like this came back in evaluations translated from Tetum: “Today, I follow this workshop, I feel happy because as a new experience for me, so I can apply to my friends or in my family what we learn about the health for the women. I give thanks to Many Hands International, which share their experience with us.” We recommend Marita’s arts therapy work very highly.

Dr Kim Dunphy Director ~ Many Hands International www.manyhands.org.au

Marita has companioned me as a peer and co-inquirer for many years now. We have worked side by side holding space and supporting arts making with people of various ages and ability. I have also been blessed with the opportunity to have Marita hold space for me during one-on-one and group co-inquiry sessions during which I have explored both professional and personal experiences. Marita has such a gentle, generous, sensitive and non-judgemental way of being with others. She is also very imaginative and creative with her invitations to inquire and her responses. Anyone considering having her as a companion or facilitator would be blessed.

Natalya Garden-Thompson Creative Arts Therapist & Community Artist