At some point in our lives, we may find ourselves overwhelmed by our emotions; these may be difficult to face either by ourselves or with others. Art therapy offers an opportunity to explore these intense or painful thoughts and feelings in a supportive environment.
Art therapy involves the use of art materials for self-expression and reflection in the presence of a trained art therapist. Art therapy involves drawing or painting or making things of your own choice. You do not have to be good at art to do art therapy. It can help you understand how you feel or why you react to situations in your life. It offers the opportunity for expression and communication, and can be particularly useful to people who find it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings verbally. Sometimes words alone do not seem to be enough but images and words together may be able to convey what one wants to say. It can also help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviours and feelings, reduce stress and improve self-esteem and awareness.
Art Therapy involves the use of art materials for self-expression and reflection in the presence of a trained art therapist. It involves drawing, painting or making things of your own choice. You may be able to express or communicate feelings or thoughts that are difficult to put into words. Words alone may be difficult to express how one feels but images and words together may be able to convey what one wants to say. The Art Therapist will work with you towards an understanding of issues and feelings that may underlie your current difficulties.
For most of us, there are times in our lives when we experience anxiety or distress. . Sometimes such worries are due to current circumstances or buried feelings from the past. Art therapy provides a safe, consistent space in which to examine such issues and feelings at your own pace. It is not always an easy process, but it may help you to make discoveries about yourself and enable you to make positive changes in your life.
Art Therapists have experience as artists and psychological therapies and are skilled in the area of visual and non-verbal communication. They provide a confidential space in which you may feel that you can express your feelings and emotions. Art therapists are State Registered with Health Professions Council.
Once you have been referred to Art therapy you will be invited to meet with the Art Therapist. The purpose of this is for you and the therapist to meet to discuss art therapy and decide if this form of therapy can help you. A time and day will be arranged for 12 one hour weekly sessions. On the 6th session there will be a review of images. A wide range of art materials will be available for you to use. . Following image making you and the therapist may explore and discuss possible meanings within you art work; this is a shared process. In each session how much time spent on producing art work, talking, or simply thinking, is flexible and depends upon your needs. It is important for you and your therapist to find a way of working which suits you.
You do NOT have to be good at art; there is no right or wrong way to make art in Art therapy. Any mark or form made in Art Therapy is valued; therefore the process can be as important as the end result.
The things you talk about and the art work that is made with the therapist will be treated as confidential. Other health professionals who are directly involved in your treatment may be kept informed of your progress. There may be times when we do have to share information that you have told the therapist for example if we feel you or another person may be at risk.
Any person that has concerns about the effect alcohol is having on their life.
You can contact TCA directly or you can be referred by someone else.