Everybody can benefit from art therapy. It can assist you in maintaining your wellbeing as well as offer support during a challenging time in your life or when you experience specific mental health issues. As we use various creative ways of expressing our experiences art therapy allows us to explore and understand what we might not (yet) be able to put into words.
No artistic skills are required, just curiosity and openness to experimenting with art materials. We focus much more on the process of art making than the end result, although there is nothing wrong with feeling joy when we resonate with what we have created.
In addition to an open mind the main contributor to benefitting from art therapy is a good fit between you and your therapist. I encourage you to contact me to discuss your needs and expectations and to give you a chance to get to know me and my way of working a little more.
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Each session will unfold around your needs on the day. We will always check in to begin with to establish what you would like to get out of the session. I will offer you a range of art materials and creative processes and we can respond to what feels most useful for you. During the session, art making can be a quiet activity or be accompanied by conversation and words. The philosophy of art therapy is that you create something that holds meaning for you and I will assist you in exploring this further. I will never interpret your art and you can choose what to do with it at the end of the session. Typically, a 1-on-1 session is 60 or 90 minutes.
For workshops – please see the individual workshop description or contact me if you have a specific question.
Most of my sessions are held in Prahran. Alternatively, please contact me to discuss a suitable location for you in Melbourne’s Bayside suburbs.
For workshops – please see workshop specific information.
1-on-1 sessions 60min are charged at A$ 120, 90min A$ 165. This includes all art materials. The prices for workshops can vary. Please check individual workshop descriptions. I am a registered NDIS provider - if you have NDIS funding contact me to discuss next steps.
This depends very much on what you are bringing in and what you hope to get out of art therapy. Some people might only need a few sessions to kick start a process of change, others benefit from and prefer longer-term art therapy. I recommend that we discuss options in a first, free of charge phone conversation. There is no need to commit upfront to a certain number of sessions, we can re-assess this as we go along in our work together.