Arts therapy is a form of psychotherapy that utilizes the creative process of art-making to help individuals express their emotions, thoughts, and experiences. It combines traditional talk therapy with various art forms, such as painting, dance, clay, sand play, drawing, sculpture, and music, to facilitate healing and personal growth.
Arts therapy can help individuals of all ages and backgrounds who are struggling with emotional, psychological, or behavioral issues. It can be beneficial for managing stress, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, self-esteem issues, and improving communication skills, self-expression, and self-awareness. Arts therapy can also promote relaxation, creativity, and personal development.
In an arts therapy session, you will be guided by a trained arts therapist to engage in various art activities based on your unique needs and goals. No prior artistic skills are required, and the focus is not on the final product but the process of creation. You will have the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings through the art-making process, and the therapist will facilitate reflection and discussion to deepen your understanding.
Yes, arts therapy is often used with children and adolescents as it provides a non-threatening and non-verbal way for them to express their thoughts and emotions. Art activities can be adapted to suit the developmental level and interests of the child or adolescent, and the therapist uses age-appropriate approaches to engage them in the therapeutic process.
A typical arts therapy session usually lasts for about 60 minutes, although the duration may vary depending on the individual and their needs. The frequency and duration of sessions are usually discussed and determined during the initial assessment with the arts therapist.
Arts therapy is not currently covered by Medicare in Australia. However, some private health insurance providers may offer partial or full coverage for arts therapy sessions. It’s recommended to check with your insurance provider to determine your coverage options.
When seeking an arts therapist in Australia, it’s important to look for someone who is registered with a professional association, such as the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA). Registered arts therapists have completed accredited arts therapy training programs and adhere to ethical and professional standards.
Yes, arts therapy is a confidential service. Arts therapists are bound by ethical guidelines and professional standards that require them to maintain the confidentiality of their clients’ information and artwork, within the limitations of the law. However, there are exceptions to confidentiality, such as when there is a risk of harm to self or others.
You can make an appointment for arts therapy by contacting Caris directly through the website, email, or phone. I will usually conduct an initial assessment to understand your needs and goals before scheduling your first session.
No artistic experience or skills are required for arts therapy. The focus of arts therapy is on the process of creation rather than the end product. The arts therapist will guide you through the art-making process, and the emphasis is on self-expression and exploration, not artistic talent.