Creative Art is a powerful, neuro-informed evidence based form of counselling that has been widely used in the UK and the USA for many decades. It has become increasingly popular in Australia in the last twenty years.
While traditional talk therapies rely on verbal communication to bring about change, many clients find straight forward talking simply too difficult. Some things simply can’t be spoken about or they may lie below our level of conscious awareness. Art and other expressive mediums can be a way to work together to retrieve, express, explore and address these issues.
Do I Need to be Artistic?
People often ask this question and remark how they are not artistic. Rest assured, no art skills are needed. Therapy using art is not about producing pretty pictures, it is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing or distressing.