When words are not enough, we turn to images and symbols to tell our stories. And in telling our stories we find pathways to wellness,
recovery and transformation.
- Cathy Malchiodi -
My practice combines the science and application of psychology with the increasingly proven benefits of multimodal arts and other creative expressions.
Artmaking and other creative expressions are utilised within our therapeutic relationship to improve and enhance mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
One of the difference between my approach of creative arts therapy and other, more traditional forms of communication is that the latter predominantly elicit the use of language.
Often, because of various conditions or circumstances we cannot verbalise our feelings.
Creative Arts Psychotherapy engages the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone, and provides alternative and creative modes of expression which circumvent the limitations of language.
The incorporation of creative modalities in a therapeutic relationship empowers us to make meaning of, and give voice to our experiences so that transformation can take place.
A “coincidental” benefit of Arts Psychotherapy is the transformative healing power of the arts and creativity.
Research is demonstrating that engagement with the arts and creative processes not only improves our quality of life, but it is also effective in reducing stress, fatigue and pain, as well as increase cognitive abilities and emotional wellbeing.
The creative process itself is a truly healing part of the therapeutic experience.
THE IMPORTANCE OF RELATIONSHIP
I believe a prime determinant of the outcome of the therapeutic process is the quality of the client-therapist relationship.
My person-centered practice does not evaluate or judge clients' thoughts, feelings or behaviours, but instead endeavours to establish a relationship that is real, authentic, and empathetic.
I offer a space where clients feel understood and where experiences and feelings are dealt with in a compassionate and effective way.
Together we set out to find solutions so that hope is restored and wellbeing is achieved.
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
- ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU -