I am an internationally trained Art Psychotherapist in private practice. I work with adults, children, families and corporates in both individual and group capacities. Through the use of different art materials, clients are able to express and explore thoughts and feelings. Art skills are not required.
Art Therapy involves the use of different art materials through which a client can express and explore thoughts and feelings in the presence of a qualified Art Therapist. The Art Therapist offers a safe contained and supportive space in which to work through issues and concerns. For many clients it is easier to relate to the therapist through the art object which provides a focus for discussion and analysis. Art Therapy can be a very powerful process which may enable long buried feelings to come to the surface and be acknowledged.
No judgments are made on the quality of work produced. Everyone can make art and use it to explore their thoughts and feelings. Art Therapy can be used for clients who do not have the coordinating capacity to hold a crayon or brush. For such clients the emphasis is placed on activities using water, sand, or other materials that provide an avenue for communication. It is unlikely that the client will use every moment in the session for making art. The time of ‘not doing’ is equally important in Art Therapy sessions.
I make use of a variety of materials like paint, pastels, clay, crayon, sand, charcoal, koki’s, different paper boards, containers etc. Each art material and process may evoke different feeling states and the work created often reflects the unconscious and experiences that shape a person’s life.
Art Therapy is beneficial for adults and children of all ages. It provides an opportunity to get in touch with one’s inherent creativity, a quality that everyone has.
Client groups extend to: anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD, developmental delay, refugees, EBD, trauma victims, educators, correctional services, psychiatry, and the run of the mill regular ‘neurotics’!
Art Therapy currently falls under the category of ‘single medium therapy’ with the HPCSA. After attendance of Art Therapy sessions, one can submit claims and get reimbursed by medical aid.
“Thank you for a very special experience. I did not know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised at the self awareness and learning that I experienced during the art therapy programme” (Vasintha, Corporate Facilitator)
Practice No : 067 000 0143162
HPCSA Reg No : AT 0000 469