Explore the journey
Arts Psychotherapy is an evidence-based mental health profession that uses creative processing to improve and enhance a person's physical, mental and emotional well-being. Research has shown that the processes involved in creative self-expression help people to resolve problems and conflicts, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress and the impacts of trauma, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.
Talk therapy isn't for everyone. Sometimes situations can be difficult to talk about. Whilst talking and thinking forms a big part of many people's lives, they form only part of who we are.
Creative therapies can provide alternative ways to express our inner world and explore new perspectives and concepts to help support the journey of living our lives.
Whilst traditional talk therapy may be less effective in some circumstances,
creativity and play can take us beyond words, and help us to discover and unlock different parts of ourselves as we explore. Creative exploration can help us express ideas and symbolism as we provide space to extend opportunities for growth and a renewed personal journey.
Communicating through creative practice is part of what makes us human, and is an interesting and sometimes exciting way to explore ourselves and the way we experience the world around us. It can also be a way to work therapeutically that reduces anxiety, and frees our thinking to explore new ways of being.
Creative therapies can be beneficial for anyone.
Some common issues that people choose arts therapies for include:
anxiety and stress
recovery & pain management
life changes & transitions
pre and post-natal issues
Individuals with special needs
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during an arts psychotherapy session?
Every session is different, because every person is unique. First sessions will be a chance for us to get to know each other, whilst exploring some creative activity. We begin with communication, which provides the opportunity to build up a trusting relationship. Each therapy style is different, and so is every person, so the way we work together will be tailored to fit each person.
What are your fees?
General hourly session fees at the studio are $120 for 60min one-to-one therapy sessions ($80 concession). (Families, Couples and sessions with additional needs attract additional fees.). Payments are made at the beginning of the session. Your first session will usually be 75mins.
All creative materials are provided for your session. The activities you do will be planned around your individual needs and will relate to your circumstances and therapeutic work you are doing.
How long will I have therapy?
That will remain your choice. Some therapy might aim to address something in particular, or you may have regular sessions for ongoing support. 3 sessions to begin with will help us make sure we are a good match. It's very important to feel comfortable in therapy. After we have established a therapeutic relationship ongoing sessions can also be booked casually when needed.
How long does a therapy session run?
Regular sessions run for 1 hour, but sometimes a client might request a longer session. This can be arranged beforehand, or occasionally your session may be able to be extended if time is available. Please advise me as soon as possible if you think you may need a longer session.