What is Art Therapy?
Therapy is the act of healing, and Art is the tool being used. Art Therapy is a mental health profession and Art Therapists are trained in specialised schools.
How does that work?
You do not need to be “good at art”. Art Therapy is for everyone and is always used in a safe, non-judgmental space.
Each Art Therapist works differently. I work with all of the Arts: anything visual like photography, painting, sculpture, collage, digital art, as well as body work: movement, dance, theatre, costume and mask, voice, storytelling, music, poetry and short stories.
The idea is that each form of expression connects to different parts of the Self and the Mind. So, by using these different approaches one can communicate and gain understanding of different layers of the Self. We are complex, multi-layered beings and don’t connect to many parts of ourselves in our day to day lives, just like we only use a small percentage of our brain. For example, when you listen to a beautiful song and are moved to tears, but do not have the words to express what happened. This shows how with art you can voyage into your inner realms, connecting to feelings and emotions that can give you insight, understanding and power to go forward. Unconscious blocks can be accessed and released. As humans, we are asked to think in a very logical way and Art Therapy can open up new ways of using the mind and the imagination, giving solutions to problems. Imagination is also a doorway to connect to your intuition.
Much like Yoga, Art Therapy also helps the person be in the present moment, aligning their body, mind and soul, helping them feel whole, clear and at peace.
Who can benefit from it?
All ages and conditions can use Art Therapy to heal whichever part of their life they wish to work on.
Programs can be found in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics, public and community agencies, wellness centres, educational institutions, businesses, and private practices.
I have had experiences in many different countries of Europe and Asia working with small children, doing Early intervention for Special needs, Adolescents with difficult backgrounds, rehabilitation centres for alcoholism, old folks homes for Alzheimer patients, refugee camps, orphanages and also working with families, or individual adults who simply wish to gain insight to help them along their life journey. I have created some Yoga and Art Therapy retreats for adults that I hope to see more of in the near future!
Adolescents in Difficulty
Elderly Alzheimer, Switzerland
Refugee Camps, Myanmar
Does Art Say What’s Going on In My Head
Adolescents with Autism Spectrum
Early Intervention Autism, Thailand
Check out my upcoming retreats!
Cartoon Work with Adolescents in Difficulty, Switzerland
Art Therapy and Yoga Retreat, Indonesia
I was cradled within a joyful protective relaxed bubble of fun and “like minded” people. I completely enjoyed all of the activities and the space that was both existing and created. I liked so many things so it’s hard to say what I like the best. The kirtan, the painting exercises, the group movement and drama activities, the shaking and dance, yoga the chocolate and food, the company! The conversations and the space to create. The collaboration.Kathryn
I would love to hear about your experience with me. 🙂