We offer art therapy at our Family Centres located in Brookvale and Waitara. Some of the benefits of art therapy include improved communication skills, a reduction in stress levels, increased self-esteem, improved personal insights, and an opportunity to be imaginative and creative. You might also learn new skills and learn how to identify and connect with your strengths. Our Art Therapists are registered with ANZACATA – the peak professional association for creative arts therapies.
REGAINING SELF THROUGH ART
This is an art therapy group for women facilitated by a registered Art Therapist. No artistic skills are required, just an interest in the creative process. This group provides a supportive and non-judgemental space to explore your creativity whilst giving expression to feelings, thoughts and future hopes. Run over 6 weeks, a variety of art materials are supplied, and themes may be explored through the creative process supporting a safe connection to self and others in the group. The aim of the group is to explore personal insight and connection whilst also developing your creatives skills. This program runs from Family Centres in Tuggerah and Waitara. Our full price guide here. If you have NDIS funding, this will cover these sessions.
We also offer one-to-one sessions. For individual art therapy sessions, you can refer to pricing here.
It tends to make me forget about my bipolar disorder – and see that I’m a normal person.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is art therapy?
It is a form of psychotherapy that utilises art making to express thoughts and feelings that may be difficult to put into words. The Art Therapist provides a supportive environment in which the process of making art can help you explore issues in creative ways as well as developing a deeper connection with your inner world.
What are the benefits of art therapy?
Some of the benefits to art therapy include improved communication skills, a reduction in stress levels, increased self-esteem, improved personal insights, and an opportunity to be imaginative and creative. You might also learn new skills and learn how to identify and connect with your strengths.
Do I have to be good at art?
Not at all. No skills are necessary just some curiosity about the creative process. The aim is not to make ‘good’ pictures but to create something that is a personal expression.
What can I expect?
- Our intention is to provide a supportive and non-judgmental space to explore your creative side whilst also giving expression to feelings, thoughts and future hopes.
- Regular attendance will produce the maximum benefits. This consistency helps build a trusting relationship with the group. Sessions are two hours long, which include time for a group check-in, art making and sharing at the end.
- A variety of art materials will be supplied, and themes may be explored through the creative process supporting a safe connection to self and others in the group.
- We will not judge your art making or creative process. There is no right or wrong way to create or to use the materials. The art materials are used as a means of self-expression, and the artwork is considered a form of communication. The purpose of art therapy is not art itself, but art as a way of understanding more about yourself.
Do you provide crisis support?
We do not provide crisis support. In case of crisis, you can contact the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.
Will you look for a hidden meaning in my artwork?
We will not interpret your artwork. We understand that each individual brings their own cultural influences and personal experiences to their creative process. We work in a collaborative manner aimed at empowering you to discover your own meaning making.
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