Art therapy is a passion of mine. I have a Bachelor of Teaching and dual Diplomas in Art Therapy and Clinical Art Therapy.
I first began my study on Art therapy after suffering my own trauma, when I first began to look for ways to help myself heal. I always loved teaching Art to the children in my classroom, but, it was only once I began to delve into the work of an Art Therapist, that I realised the full potential in using art creation for healing, and to maintain emotional well-being.
Art therapy is the combination of art and psychotherapy, and it can be defined as a therapeutic process that uses art as a form of therapy. Throughout my work, I have worked with clients on a whole range of areas within their lives, some of which I have listed below.
the mind/ body connection
healing trauma through drawing
using nature in art
grief and bereavement
art therapy for children and young people
art therapy for mental illness
As you can see, there are so many ways that Art therapy can help people of all ages, and all walks of life, to live their best life. It is important to note here, that Art therapy does not focus on the ability to be an 'artist', it focusses on the process of creating art for healing and emotional well-being. So, even if you think you're 'no good' at painting or drawing (nobody is 'no good' either by the way), it is the process of delving into the subconscious mind to find those hidden things that may be holding us back, that leads us to the wonderful and healing part of Art therapy.
You can find some Art therapy activities in my Blog.