What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy and releasing the trauma

Trauma loveArt Therapy is a term used to cover many forms of therapy that allow the client to express their thoughts and feelings through non-verbal means.  A trained Art Therapist is able to interact with the client to not only identify what the issues are but to support them in verbalising the issues to allow for the healing process to begin and allow the client to begin to share their experience with the therapist.

With traumatic events a client is often unable to verbalise the situation they have been through.  By encouraging non-verbal communication through Art Therapy, the therapist ensures that the client is comfortable at all times and allows them the freedom to express their deepest thoughts and feelings through the use of a variety of art mediums.  Utilising art in therapy gives the client complete control over what and how they share with the therapist which in turn puts the control in the hands of the client.

Due to its non-invasive nature, Art Therapy is suitable for all ages and all levels of trauma as it is a gentle therapy that lets the client connect with their deepest emotions through art and play which in turn allow them to open up to the person treating them.

Art Therapy is being used successfully around the world for childhood trauma, sexual or physical abuse PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), domestic violence, bullying, grief and loss, low self-esteem, and for those who have been a witness to or experienced a life changing event.

By utilising all facets of Art Therapy a therapist can tailor a treatment plan for each individual to provide the best possible outcome in the shortest possible time. At Innate Personal Development and Counselling I utilise Clay Field Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Mask Making, guided drawing and a variety of other Initiatic Art Therapy techniques.

If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about Art Therapy, please contact me on 0414480934 or via email.