Art therapy is using art materials to explore feelings, thoughts and experiences that may be difficult to verbalise. An art therapy process may be something as simple as a squiggle drawn onto paper or a thumbprint pressed into clay. Using art materials in a therapeutic setting provides opportunity to view the problem or issue from a new perspective, integrate life experiences and develop healthy coping skills and focus.
Anyone. Art therapy is particularly suited to those who:
are struggling to articulate their experiences and feelings verbally
those who have found talk therapy to be ineffective
don’t have the vocabulary to express themselves such as children, teens and people with disabilities
are seeking to unleash their full creative potential
Art therapy can help:
Yes and no. Yes, because art therapy has its foundation in psychology and counselling, and the art therapist and client develop a therapeutic relationship through the arts process, with clear boundaries and shared intentions. No, because we don’t rely on talk therapy.
Art therapy does not require any artistic ability because it’s all about self expression and the art process, not the final product. Art therapies do not rely on artistic knowledge because they work by accessing imagination and creativity, qualities which all human beings possess, in order to generate new models of living and contribute to the development of a more integrated sense of self. Art helps access the unconscious and move perspectives into the conscious.
No, art therapists do not interpret artwork. The client and therapist work collaboratively, reflectively exploring the art, which empowers the client to discover their own meaning-making. Journalling is another fantastic way that encourages meaning making within the art therapy session.
Absolutely. Art therapy has much evidence-based and practice-based research.
There is no right or wrong way to attend art therapy. Everyone has unique needs. Some people attend individual art therapy sessions only, some attend individual sessions plus group sessions, while others participate in group sessions only. The answer to the question, ‘Which is better: group or individual therapy?’ is actually ‘Neither.’ Both have advantages and disadvantages for different individuals and for specific issues. Please contact me if you are unsure what will suit you so we can work out the best health care plan for your individual needs.
Please note that group sessions (except families) are not recommended for acute crisis and trauma.
Kaleidoscope group sessions are designed to target a specific issue, such as depression, anxiety, or grieving and loss. Other group sessions are for increasing overall wellbeing by improving self awareness, communication skills, articulation of feelings, increasing social skills, and unleashing creativity and confidence.
Individual sessions are typically 60-75 minutes in length (usually 60 minutes is adequate for children).
Group sessions run for approximately 90 minutes.
First Time Clients to Kaleidoscope Art Therapy: Please fill in the confidential client form before you arrive or arrive 10 minutes early to fill it in before your art therapy session.
That is entirely up to you. After your first few sessions we can plan out the best health care plan for your individual needs.
Your artwork is your creation and belongs to you. Some people choose to keep the finished artwork, while others decide to leave it in the care of the art therapist. Your art therapist will not show your artwork to anyone without your permission. The code of ethics followed by art therapists is to safeguard a client’s artworks the same way as all other client information is kept which is confidential and subject to mandatory reporting.
My practice as an art therapist is built on a strong foundation in the natural health sector and 20 years of teaching art. Most recently for the last 2 years I have been facilitating expressive art journaling for groups and individuals while strengthening my sense of wonder and living as an intentional creative.
My first love has always been art and creativity. While I made the ‘sensible’ decision during high school to study health sciences instead of following my creative heart, the call to creativity remained and intensified. I became a qualified naturopath and as I practised and watched my kids grow up and as I wrestled with whatever life threw at me, my interest in health shifted to focus on emotional health and wellbeing.
My qualifications: Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy
Advanced Diploma in Health Science (Naturopathy)
Advanced Diploma in Health Science (Herbal Medicine)
My clinical practice experience has been primarily with children, teenagers and women in both group work and individual sessions. Everyone is welcome at Kaleidoscope Art Therapy.
My passion is helping people live whole heartedly; with strength, courage and freedom.