Art Therapy Melbourne

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What is art therapy and how does it work?

Art therapy is a form of therapy that involves creative visual making as a form of non-verbal expression.  Art therapy may focus on the process of creative art-making as a way of facilitating change and recovery or it may involve the analysis of expression created through an exchange  between therapist and client. Art therapy is an approach that encourages greater meaning and insight, provides relief from overwhelming emotions, facilitates the resolution of personal conflict and creates a greater sense of well being within the individual.

Anyone can engage in art therapy regardless of their skills as art therapy is not about the end product and more importantly about the process. It is a fantastic tool for those who find talking tricky - especially young children and adolescents as it is through the exploration of symbols and imagery that meaning is made. It is in this way that that the unconscious becomes conscious as art making can often be the gate way to the unconscious mind. 


Art therapists work with a wide variety of disorders and diseases. An art therapy session can take place one on one, with couples, families or groups. Often a variety of materials are on offer to choose from allowing the client to explore different mediums that might contribute to the art making process. Interventions or directives are often offered to assist achieving the therapeutic goals and objectives that have been decided upon between therapist and client. 

FAQ About Creating Pathways Art Therapy in Melbourne

Q: Do I need to be good at art to do art therapy?

A: No you don't need to be good at art, as art therapy is more about the process rather than the end product. Art is used as a form of expression and it is through this process that the unconscious can often be unlocked.

Q: What kind of art materials will i use?

A: Art therapy can include a wide range of art materials and processes. Your sessions could potentially include activities such as working with clay, painting, making a mask, creating a visual journal, and assembling a collage. Most often, the focus will be on the process rather than creating a finished art product.

Q: Do i get to keep the art work that i do? Will my art be shown to anyone else?

A: Your artwork is your creation and always belongs to you. You may choose to take it home with you, screw it up or you may ask your therapist to keep it safe for you. Your work will not be shown to anyone without your permission. Your therapist may take a photo of your work but once again only with your permission. The photos are only used for records and nothing else and they are safeguarded the same way any other privileged information is.

Q: Will the art therapist “interpret” my artwork?

A: It is not the art therapists role to interpret your work. Only you can derive meaning from what you have produced. However the art therapist uses a variety of approaches to explore the hidden meaning behind your work. Often new realisations and awarenesses will be made from this sort of enquiry rather than the art therapist analysing or interpreting your work. 

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