I searched for years for a career where I could help people and incorporate art. One day by chance I came across an ad to study Art Therapy…everything fell into place perfectly.
Art Therapy is a rewarding aspect to my life
Art Therapy has not only changed my career but added to my perspective and understanding on human behaviour and understanding myself. It has instilled a new clear way of understanding those in need and added an extremely rewarding aspect to my life and my wellbeing in general.
I completed my Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice, this was taught in an experiential way, learning through experience and doing. This type of learning has been invaluable to then relate to clients in a humanistic way. I feel privileged to work alongside my clients from a place of non-judgement and empathy.
It is wonderfully rewarding to witness people reaching that moment of understanding within themselves, or simply feeling better so they can live their best life.
What can art therapy treat?
Using Art Therapy to assist in the treatment of mental ill health, disease or disability offers solidarity and understanding. I gain and learn from every client, from children to the elderly. I love providing enrichment to the lives of others, especially those struggling or isolated. Often just the process of using and experimenting with different modalities opens pathways and entry points for further inquiry.
It is truly amazing what can develop and then evolve, for example collecting items from nature and creating a sculpture. Then being curious why something was placed a certain way, what it means and what emotions and sensations were felt in the body. I bring solidarity with my lived experience. Often my relational understanding creates a natural bond and safe space for clients to be curious about themselves, their patterns and then offering dialogue.
Art therapy makes a difference!
I enjoy being truly present to clients and offering quiet space, this opens up experiences of hope and healing. I am passionate and feel responsible for my work as a Therapist. I strive to make a difference in the lives of others and a significant positive impact on their wellbeing, in the hope they can come to know and understand themselves, cope better and heal. This in turn can foster positive relationships and improve functioning well in society.
I am so grateful for the opportunities being an Art Therapist gives me, this is what being an Art Therapist means to me…I love my work!