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Art Psychotherapy

Our Art Psychotherapist is currently available for appointments.

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Art Psychotherapy
Frequently Asked Questions

What is psychotherapy?

According to PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Association of Australia), psychotherapy is a holistic engagement that focuses on the mental, emotional, relational or spiritual health of a human being. A psychotherapist and client, or group of clients, work together to explore conscious and unconscious aspects of their lives and together make meaning of their experiences; devise solutions to old and new challenges; and access relief from emotional distress. Professionals who engage in psychotherapy (for example Psychologists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists) may use a range of different methodologies to support clients (for example, CBT, interpersonal, psychodynamic, ACT). 

What is art psychotherapy? 

Art psychotherapy is a form of therapy that uses art making to facilitate the exploration of feelings, regulate emotions, improve self-awareness and find solutions to challenges. According to anzacata (Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association), creative processes can be a way for clients to explore and express feelings that may be hard to put into words. Registered Creative Arts Therapists are trained in both creative methods and also in psychological and psychotherapeutic methods to help clients better express themselves and to improve their wellbeing.

Do I need to have some skill in art to attend an art therapy session? 

No previous artistic skills or experience is required to attend an art psychotherapy session.  Art psychotherapy is more focused on the therapeutic benefits an individual gets from the art-making process, rather than technical ability or  what the finished artwork looks like.

 

Are the art materials provided?

Yes, we offer a diverse range of good quality art materials for the session. However if there is a specific art material you would like to use in a session, we encourage you to bring it in.

 

What is the difference between Art Psychotherapy and Art Classes?

One-on-one and group art psychotherapy sessions are facilitated by a registered Art Psychotherapist who is trained in psychotherapy principles and uses art as an avenue to explore inner emotions and concerns. The art made in session is seen to act as a ‘container’ for the thoughts and emotions present in the session, and therefore is often stored in a private and secure space in the art therapy room.  Art class is a structured learning experience where the emphasis is on learning artistic techniques and there is no counselling/therapy involved. How the final artwork looks is often prioritised, with the artwork taken home and often shown to others. 

What is the focus in these sessions?

After an initial assessment of the client, we tailor future sessions to the specific goals of the client and parental concerns, in particular using the art-making to encourage more self-awareness, emotional regulation and overall better well-being. For example, clients may explore their experience of anger or emotional distress through metaphor expressed in a drawing. Or, the therapist may suggest making a body map that visually expresses how a client experiences anxiety.

 

What is the cost and how long are these sessions?

Each art therapy session costs $155 for a one hour session. This session includes 45 minutes of direct face-to-face client contact and 15 minutes of preparation, case notes, cleaning and correspondence.

 

Can I use Medicare or NDIS funding?

Unfortunately art psychotherapy is not covered by the Medicare rebate, however it is covered by NDIS funding under capacity building - improved daily living (self or plan managed clients only).

 

Do you offer telehealth art therapy sessions?

 Yes we do, but we will require you to have your own art materials on hand for the session.

 

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