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 Publications
2016 (Jacobsson, M., Dunphy, K. & Barnes, K.) Promoting wellbeing in Timor-Leste through the creative arts: a resource for counsellors, therapists and facilitators – English & Tetum versions
Art Therapy ~ One-to-One Sessions
Sessions are available for Women: no referral is required. I provide a safe, confidential ‘holding space’ for Women who have experienced trauma, mental health challenges and also Women who need support with parenting, relationships at home/work and with their own wellbeing. I companion whomever I am working with, by offering compassion and presence and customise my nourishing work to Women’s needs and preferences for therapy, using creative processes and a wide array of art materials.
Art Therapy is a form of Counselling or Psychotherapy, that is trauma-informed, emergent, co creative and a collaborative approach. ‘Internal Family Systems’, ‘Narrative Therapy’, ‘Mindful Self-Compassion’ approaches, as well as inner child work are all drawn upon as guiding and supportive processes in my work.
Focus is on a shared ‘creative inquiry’ using various arts mediums that may include: clay, paint, drawing, collage, movement, natural objects, textiles, doll making, writing & poetry, images, sculpture, photography, symbols or rituals ~ rather than creating a polished art piece. No prior art experience or expertise is required.
I am a Registered NDIS Provider and can support people with plan managed or self managed NDIS funding packages.
I offer sessions at my ‘Thresholds Studio’ in Castlemaine, Victoria and Online session are also available.
Hours & Fees
One-to-One sessions are available by appointment at ‘Thresholds Studio’ in Castlemaine or Online.
See ‘learn more’ for more details.