Art Therapy

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Art therapy is a type of therapy, which uses creativity to help with the healing process.  Applying a variety of means for exploration, Art Therapy enables personal, spiritual and emotional growth and recovery. Through the process of creating, Art Therapy can support clients in making sense of their internal worlds, whilst also helping them to reduce stress, improve self esteem and manage overwhelming emotions.  Art Therapy differs from traditional art, in that the emphasis is on the process of creating rather the end product, and thus no artistic skill is required to engage in Art Therapy. 

Who Can Benefit from Art Therapy?

Regardless of our age, we can all benefit from Art Therapy.  Often associated with child counselling, Art Therapy is an incredibly effective treatment for anyone who is struggling to make sense of their lives.  Art Therapy can be very helpful when working through family separation, bullying, suspected abuse, loss, trauma, depression, relationship issues and other difficult times.  Providing a means of expression beyond the spoken word, Art Therapy supports us to safely find capacity to connect, express and find healing in these struggles, and as such, is just as applicable to adults and adolescents as to children.

Art Therapy is often incorporated into our therapy sessions at The Grove.  As trained professionals in Art Therapy Melbourne, our therapists offer Art Therapy treatment to children, adolescents and adults. 

What to Expect

Since Art Therapy is not about making beautiful art or life-like pictures, clients do not need any artistic skill or experience to benefit from Art Therapy.  Offered in a safe space, free of judgment or expectation, Art Therapy is about using art materials for the purposes of expression, processing and understanding. 

Many clients that are initially nervous about making art, find Art Therapy to be a very liberating experience.  It is common for a wide variety art mediums to be used, helping the client find the most personally appropriate form of expression for them.  Art mediums can include; collage, paint, clay, crayons, paper, chalk, items from nature, and the list goes on.

Sometimes the sessions involve talking and sometimes they are more about art making, with the therapist journeying alongside the client.  Regardless of what the Art Therapy session looks like, the process of creating and being actively witnessed in the experience, can be therapeutically very powerful.

How Art Therapy can Help

Often, individuals struggle to share the depth of their pain in words or phrases.  Art Therapy gives an individual the opportunity to express powerful feelings, in a non-verbal way.  The making of art, can then lead to discussion and a deeper understanding of a situation.  At other times more can be said in pictures rather than words and this can help with the resolution and integration of experiences.

Art therapy also works well for individuals who experience developmental disability, equally offering a medium for expression, exploration and healing.

Find Greater Ease in Your Life

Many of us will have experienced the impact of art in our world.  During times of stress, perhaps you find relief in listening to music, doodling or colouring.  Or for others, through the process of writing, you reach clarity to your problems.  With the support of an experienced art therapist, Art Therapy treatment can help you safely connect to your emotional distress, work through problems and find solutions and healing in your life.

Our qualified Art Therapists at The Grove Counselling & Therapy are here to help you. 

 

To learn more about how Art Therapy can help you find greater ease in your life, contact The Grove today on 03-9532-4567 or book online via our Online BOOKING platform..  

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The Most Effective Art Therapy in Melbourne

For some people, counselling is enough to help them cope with the problems they face or to overcome trauma they have suffered. Others don't express their feelings as well with words as they can with pictures, or other artistic representations.

For these individuals, art therapy can be an answer. The Grove is a provider of art therapy in Melbourne, and is the place to turn to when you need help.

As a leading art therapist in Melbourne, The Grove may be able to help you resolve the problems in your life that are causing you stress, anxiety, or difficulties.

In addition to providing Melbourne art therapy, The Grove also provides more traditional forms of counselling for people of all ages.

Art therapy is an accepted alternative to the more traditional forms of counselling. It is not what's best for everyone, but you will probably know if it is the right fit for you. At the least, it may be worth giving a try.

Art therapy is suitable for all age groups

There is a common misconception that art therapy is only effective in helping children, but in fact it is known that art therapy can be beneficial to adults as well. Sometimes artistic expression is the best way to get out the things we've been holding in, and of course there are some things that may be difficult to put into words.

Some people have even launched an artistic career as a result of participation in art therapy. Of course that's not the main reason to consider art therapy as an option, because the primary purpose of art therapy is to help you deal with something that is causing you psychological stress.

Why you need to get stress under control with Art Therapy

Stress is a bad thing for most people. It causes all kinds of health problems. The main culprit is a hormone called cortisol. This hormone has some benefits to your body and mind, but it also can trigger many detrimental conditions.

Cortisol levels rise dramatically when you are stressed, and take a long time to return to their normal state. Elevated cortisol levels can impair learning, memory, weight loss, and more. Meanwhile cortisol can increase the chances of developing depression, heart disease, and even hypertension.

Art therapy can help you get those runaway cortisol levels under control. It can help you feel less stressed, and that can help you feel brighter, more healthy, and more able to cope with the things you encounter in your every day life.

Interested in our Melbourne Art Therapy?

If you are interested in learning more about art therapy and what it can do for you, contact The Grove and talk to one of our friendly professionals. They will explain what is involved in art therapy and set up an appointment for you so you can get started with the process.

Art therapy has been effective in helping many people to achieve a better quality of life. Why not give it a try and see if it helps you too?

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