We provide creative and dynamic visualisation techniques to support each participant.
During group sessions, participants engage in structured activities, which allow them to:
- Express themselves without words
- Express feelings and ideas through images
- Form connections with peers and build social skills
- Work together in a group, fostering cooperation, teamwork and a sense of acceptance
- Address Sensory Processing Disorders
In addition to its effectiveness in improving sensory, social and emotional functioning, Art Therapy is excellent for channelling behaviours into an expressive and creative outlet. Participants will get enjoyment, stress relief and a boost to their self-confidence from undertaking art projects or simply exploring art materials.
Art Therapy details
Our Art Therapy program is available to all NDIS participants. We offer therapy to children aged 8 years and over, as well as adults.
Group workshops – available at Fulham Gardens Community Centre
Individual sessions – locations to suit
Children express their emotions differently to adults. Young people often communicate how they are feeling with their behaviour and lack the ability to identify their emotions to verbalise them effectively. When children understand how they are feeling, they are better able to manage their feelings more effectively.
Find out more
To find out more about our Art Therapy service and current group timetable, please contact us today.
Why Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a participant’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Art can be used to express feelings, emotions and thoughts through the creation and analysis of visual, symbolic and sensory works.
The creative process of Art Therapy can help participants to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviours and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.
Unlike other counselling, Art Therapy bypasses the normal neural pathways that are engaged when a story is “told”. The art process, the use of symbols and images, and even the sensory and tactile engagement with different materials work to suppress the ordinary cognitive functions of the brain. In this way, Art Therapy can access different insights and perceptions, helping participants to process their experience in a different way.
Through Art Therapy, participants can:
- Engage in creative processing
- Use another or other areas of the brain
- Alter their patterning and/or cognitive processing
- Enjoy a safe place to explore themselves, express feelings and build self esteem
- Use sensory experiences to tap into and release emotions
- Further their development in all areas (cognitive, physical, social/emotional, communication/language)
- Experience a form of externalisation, so they feel safe to explore and express.
Why an Art Therapist?
Art therapists are trained to lead their clients through a variety of art activities in order to improve a participant’s self-esteem, physical health and mental well-being. Art therapists use a combination of art, psychotherapy and counselling to guide their clients toward a healthier outlook on life.
Art therapists work with participants who are encountering mental or emotional challenges and the creativity released in creating art often helps children explore their feelings and improve in many areas of their lives.
Art therapists are trained to:
- Use the art-making processes, symbols, images and rituals to invoke new insights in the participant’s experience
- Privilege the unconscious by using the correct medium and art directive to support the participant’s experience
- Focus on the process, not the product
- Enable their clients to “tell their story in a new way”
- Assess a participant’s development, abilities, personality, interests and conflicts through their art makings
- Develop a treatment plan with varied interventions based on assessment, interests and objectives of therapy.