ART & THERAPY
WITH VERONICA PASSMORE
NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN THE ARTS IS REQUIRED
The therapeutic relationship is central to the arts therapy process and it is this supportive, empathetic and creative companionship that will guide the experience and develop a creative space that will offer the opportunity for positive change and understanding. The arts therapy experience and relationship will honour and reflect the uniqueness of each individual, their story and their subjective experience.
Arts therapy is a form of inquiry that touches on significant moments, thoughts and feelings, and opens them up within the present moment of the relationship. Alongside sensitive companionship and the creative perspectives of the arts we can start to integrate emerging information as we come to know it, into our lives. As a result we can start the process of reducing the suffering of our human experience and find new ways to see and feel.
".....a meaningful perspective from which to make sense of our ways of being." (Lett, 2011)
An art therapy session might include a percentage of talking and a percentage of art making, and the degree of each would be determined by the wants and needs of the participant at the time.
Art therapy is a dynamic and sensitive form of therapy that speaks straight to the source of our human experience. The arts allow us to access our lived experience in a gentle and honest way, externalising our inner worlds within the safety of the marks made within the artwork. The arts enable us to reveal, explore and understand our stories with meaningful clarity and creative precision. In turn promoting a heightened sense of self awareness, well being and optimum opportunity for positive change.
Art therapy is for everyone and some examples might include:
Later in life:
Art therapy can be used in all of these examples to encourage the participant to share and express their story, understand and uncover what is meaningful, in order to find new and more positive ways to be with it.