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What is art therapy?
Making art and then exploring that artwork to gain a different perspective on a problem. Art making allows a person to relax and access other parts of their brain to solve or explore an issue.
The therapist will use counselling skills to ask questions about the artwork and observe the art making process to gain an understanding of the client’s feelings and emotions.
There is always a therapeutic goal for each session that is established by the client.
What are the benefits of art therapy?
It is a great alternative to talk therapy as a client can access their unconscious mind via art making to gain a different perspective of their issue or problem. The process of art making allows a participant to relax and create distance between themselves and the issue.
By analysing the artwork, clients become immersed in a different story which can lead to insights and possible solutions.
Art is a primal skill, everyone draws before they talk and over the centuries cultures have expressed history and events via art. It seems only natural to create art to express emotions.
What can I expect in an art therapy session?
It usually follows the format below:
- Administration - confidentiality, cent form, legal obligations
- Establish a therapeutic goal for the session
- Short visualisation for grounding
- Make an artwork using the medium chosen by the therapist
- Analyse the artwork from different angles answering the question what do you see? Rather than what did you draw?
- Gain insights and relate them back to the therapeutic goal
- Visualisation for grounding
- Take home your artwork if you choose
Do I need to be good at art to do art therapy?
Not at all. The goal of art therapy is to express yourself using art rather than create a masterpiece. It is the experience of making art that allows a person to gain a different perspective of their situation. At the end of each session it is the client’s choice as to whether they keep the artwork.
Can I claim art therapy or art classes on my NDIS plan?
Yes, I can invoice your plan manager directly, if needed.
Can I accompany my child to individual art therapy?
Yes. If your child is especially nervous you may want to participate in the art making, otherwise you are free to wait on the comfortable couches and make use of the coffee station.
Are materials included in the price?
Yes, participants always leave with a unique artwork. However, they may not wish to take it home.
Is the studio wheelchair accessible?
Yes, there is a ramp from the carpark.
Do I have to book a whole term of art classes for my child?
No, ‘Social Art’ is $30 per session
Can carer’s attend the group art classes?
Yes, they can participate for free or wait in the coffee lounge area.
What if I don’t like my artwork?
You can throw it out or donate it to the studio. It is the experience of making the art that is important. Participants usually learn new skills and socialise with other artists.
"I attended Jacqui's Art Therapy session last Sunday. The theme was Go with the Flow. Jacqui presented a well thought out workshop that really went with the flow. From choosing a beautiful piece of silk fabric at the start to creating prints from food dye in milk which included visualisation at various stages throughout, to journalling our process at the end, I personally not only enjoyed but found some release and new found insights through this mystical journey. Jacqui is highly qualified and a natural at teaching one to relax, enjoy the process and to go with the flow. Congratulations Jacqui. Can't wait for another session"