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What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is an allied health service that utilises the creative process and sensory elements of art making to facilitate and promote communication, mindfulness, self-expression, and mental wellbeing. Art therapy encapsulates all forms of artistic expression and is highly individualised based on each client’s needs, interests, and abilities. A wide array of activities can be incorporated into therapy, including drawing, painting, collaging, sandplay, poetry, storytelling, photography, and animation. It is important to note that no particular skills are required to be able to benefit from art therapy – the focus of this service is to improve wellbeing, reduce stress, and provoke clarity.
Art therapists receive specialised training and are classed as Allied Health Providers under the NDIS. The profession is regulated by the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA). To meet the qualification standards, a Master’s degree or equivalent is required.
Who can access Art Therapy?
Our art therapists work with people of all ages and abilities across the lifespan. As an approved NDIS provider, Hessel Group can provide tailored and individualised art therapy programs that help clients to achieve their goals. Art therapy can be beneficial for clients presenting with the following:
- Depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges.
- Grief, loss, and trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Attention disorders, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including clients who are non-verbal or selectively mute.
- Intellectual and psychosocial disability.
Art therapy can be particularly beneficial for clients who are not benefiting from traditional ‘talk’ therapy, or for those who enjoy engaging in art-related activities.
What NDIS goals can an art therapist help me work towards?
Art therapy at Hessel Group supports a wide array of short and long-term goals. These include improving self-care, increasing participation in the community, building independence and confidence, facilitating improved relationships, and enhancing general health and wellbeing. Art therapy is a client-centered therapy and can therefore support more specific goals, such as attaining employment or facilitating improved living arrangements.
How long are the sessions?
Sessions are typically 1 hour long and can occur as frequently as required, whether that be weekly, fortnightly, or monthly. The frequency of sessions is dictated by the goals of each client. See Price list here.
Age range: People of all ages are eligible to receive this service.
Location: Art therapy session can be undertaken in a client’s home, educational facility, within the community, or in our specialised allied health clinics at Welland or Fullarton.
- Neve Canavese