Who benefits from Art Therapy or Creative Coaching?
Everybody can benefit from art therapy or creative coaching. 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 the sense of mastery or 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/ coach. 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.
I have listed some qualities that can help people get the most out of art therapy and creative coaching – you can find it here.
What can I expect from a typical session?
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. This article might also be helpful.
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.
Where are sessions held?
My 1-on-1 sessions are held in East Melbourne. My main practice days for 1-on-1 sessions are Wed and Thu. Other days, including evening/ weekend sessions can be discussed. Online 1-on-1 sessions, or for organisations onsite, can also be discussed.
For workshops – please see workshop specific information or contact me to discuss your location and requirements.
COVID-19 Update: currently workshops are offered online. The delivery of online 1-on-1 sessions (via Zoom) can be discussed. Please contact me. If you're interested in 1-on-1 session online and wonder what materials you might need, watch this video where I introduce some materials that can be used - but please note, that we can start with very little and, in most cases, with what you already have!
How many sessions will I need?
This depends very much on what you are bringing in and what you hope to get out of art therapy or creative coaching. Some people might only need a few sessions to kick start a process of change, others benefit from and prefer longer-term therapy or coaching. 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.
Do you work with NDIS participants?
Yes, I am a registered provider and can work with clients who have self or plan-managed NDIS funding. The sessions will be held in my practice room in East Melbourne.
COVID-19 Update: Online sessions (via Zoom) can be discussed. Please contact me.
What do you charge?
For NDIS participants: my fees will be based on the current NDIS price guide.
For workshops: please check individual workshop descriptions.
For organisations and 1-on-1 sessions: please contact me to discuss your needs. For 1-on-1 work, I am open to discussing payment plans. I offer a free-of-charge initial phone consultation (20 minutes) to explore your options and discuss your needs and goals. During COVID-19 restrictions, if we agree to trial Zoom-based sessions, I also invite you to a free 15min Zoom trial session to ensure we master the technology.
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