​​​​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 forms offered to individuals may include:

Focus areas for individuals may include:

ART  &  THERAPY

What is Art Therapy ?
 

WITH VERONICA PASSMORE

NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN THE ARTS IS  REQUIRED

  • Visual art 
  • Clay work
  • Sculpture
  • Poetry and Story telling
  • Sand tray
  • Body work - Sound/Voice/Movement
  • Drama Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Hopes and dreams
  • Day to day concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Self esteem and confidence
  • Well being 
  • Self-care
  • Self-awareness
  • Self image
  • Identity
  • Relationships
  • Health
  • Behavioural issues
  • Emotional development, understanding and resilience




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:


Children:

  • A child is displaying some prolonged nervous behaviour after moving to a new school. 
  • A young boy with autism is learning to make friends.

Teenagers:

  • A teenage boy has experienced the loss of of a close friend and is displaying some aggressive and defiant behaviours.
  • An eighteen year old girl has just been diagnosed with a chronic illness and has become very withdrawn.

Adults:

  • An adult woman is experiencing grief after a relationship ended. She is struggling with her self esteem and the meaning of life.
  • After leaving a job a man in his fifties wants to explore his identity and his hopes and dreams for the future.

Later in life:

  • A man in his eighties is interested in using objects to narrate and journal his meaningful life stories.
  • Creating a space where a woman in her final years can share and teach her creative skills in a collaborative based art project.


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.