Art Psychotherapy is an evidence-based psychological treatment that uses art-making as the main form of expression in the sessions. At Psych Connect, we feel that art psychotherapy is better referred to as "therapy without barriers."
It is the use of artistic methods to treat psychological disorders and/or improve mental health. The technique is rooted in the idea that creative expressions can foster healing, growth and personal emotional well-being. Art psychotherapy can be effectively applied to clients who experience emotional/ psychological/ physical distress that robs them from leading a fulfilling life. Making art and reflecting on the artwork helps them resolve their core conflicts in creative and compassionate ways.
Art psychotherapy is non-intrusive and can tap into the rich non-verbal aspects of communication and creativity.The goal is to aid with self-expression and development of new coping mechanisms through improved personal insight.This will help to improve the mental wellbeing and quality of life of individuals by acknowledging and recognising feelings that have been buried. This will further help to manage existing psychological disorders.
We provide art psychotherapy for children as young as infants through to adult years. Our therapists have worked with infants as young as 4 months old.
Our therapists are able to provide art psychotherapy through:
- Individual sessions
- Group sessions
- Couples sessions
- Family sessions
- via E-Therapy (or Teletherapy)
The following are some of the areas we offer psychotherapy for:
- Anger Management
- Anxiety / Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Attention Deficit Disorder & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
- Behavioural Issues
- Childhood Depression and Anxiety
- Chronic Illness / Palliative Care
- Downs Syndrome
- Disrupted Attachment Patterns
- Eating Disorders
- Emotional Regulation
- Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Gender Identity issues
- Grief and Loss
- Low Self-Esteem
- Learning Problems
- Issues related to parental separation or divorce
- Peri and post natal issues
- Physical challenges (such as a loss of mobility, paralysis, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida)
- Pain Management
- Personality Disorders
- Communication and Language Difficulties
- Social Communication Disorder (SCD)
- School Stress
- Selective Mutism
- Social Skills
- Sensory Processing Issues
- Transitions (e.g. moving to a new school, or country)
- Trauma and PTSD
How does a typical art therapy session look like?
Art psychotherapist differentiates the goals of art therapy and the way s/he provides art therapy, depending on client's strengths and areas of needs. Therapy process includes but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpting, photography, and digital art. It can be individual, dyad or group sessions.