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Creative Arts Therapies

The use of the arts for therapy is growing in demand as people seek additional ways to rehabilitate, remain sturdy, lively and resilient with increased capacity to engage in life.

 

About therapy

Therapy is a planned, goal directed and contractual connection between a therapist and a client. Therapy occurs in a therapeutic relationship that focuses on meeting the health or care needs of the client. It places the clients' needs first and foremost. The therapist suspends all form of moral judgment and shows empathy, insight, understanding and acceptance of the client.

 

Why therapy can help

The goals in therapy include facilitating the communication of distressing thought and feelings, helping clients to examine self-defeating behaviours and to promote self-care. The focus is on the clients' ideas, experiences and feelings in order to enhance the clients' growth.

 

Why arts work in therapy

Free association activities like painting, singing, dancing and drama can unearth feelings thoughts and memory as an adjunct to verbal communication. Such activities can be therapeutic when conducted within a professional therapeutic framework. Exposure to creative, playful, novel and inspiring experiences can result in surprisingly new perspectives, provide opportunity for reimagining, and can promote adaptive ways of functioning and being.

 

The evidence

The wealth of new learning in neuro-science has realized the intuitive knowledge humans have always held about the arts as transformational in their function and with outcomes that are able to touch us in all aspects of our lives. Moreover, neuro-science has demonstrated the adaptive process of neuroplasticity which is when the brain generates new and alternative neural pathways after trauma or illness. Astoundingly, our brain's neural map can be re-invigorated when we engage in a novel sensory experience that awakens the brain's attention processors, and when conditions for new connections are more easily made between neurons.

The novel and free associating activities we experience while practicing the arts can alter our perception and behaviour particularly when it occurs within a professional and therapeutic framework.

In addition the arts in practice harness our human capacity to utilize simultaneously all parts of the organism not separating the mind, the brain, the muscle or body. Working all together they cause non-lineal thinking during a creative process that engages a person in ways that are visceral and embodied, that consider both the present and the past, which can provide a type of knowledge that rests between certainty and uncertainty. This provisional knowledge is a way of knowing that can promote adaptive ways of functioning and being.

Enquires for Art Therapy

 

Email art.therapy@into-arts.com.au

 

Landline 02 8041 9801

 

Mobile 04 3113 2722

 

Enquires for Voice Movement Therapy

 

Email soul.voice@bigpond.com

 

Mobile 0419 487 056