How does art therapy help?

Art therapy can help in a number of ways – for example:

  • it’s a natural form of expression for children,
  • it can a mindful activity,
  • it helps to calm us down,
  • it enables us to express feelings more easily,
  • it can provide a sense of comfort,
  • it can bypass unhelpful thoughts,
  • it can be fun,
  • it focuses on strengths and abilities,
  • it is accessible to more people than verbal therapy, and
  • creativity is good for everyone!

What if I can only draw stick figures?

Your ability to do art is not important, and everyone can benefit from art therapy – drawing skills are only a small part of art expression.

What if I don’t want to do art?

Talking works better for some people, Claire is an experienced counsellor as well.

What kinds of art activities can I expect to do in art therapy?

Art therapy can include: drawing, painting, using clay, collage, craft activities, textiles – the possibilities are endless, and your art therapist will help you figure out what will work best for you. With children, we may also play games, or read books which help explore their concerns.

Can art therapists interpret my art work?

No, the person who made the artwork is the expert on it, art therapists can’t tell what you are thinking about by looking at your artwork.

Can I do art therapy at home alone?

Art therapy involves interacting with a qualified art therapist – whilst you are welcome to bring in artwork you have created at home, if it has personal meaning, there is more to art therapy than, for example, using a colouring in book at home. Whilst this may be enjoyable, it is not the same as art therapy.

What will it cost?

The usual cost of a session varies from $110 (with a health care card or unemployed) to $160 (standard), or $180 for school visits and walk and talk therapy. If you have a GP referral for a Mental Health Care Plan, you can claim back approx $77 through Medicare, for a maximum of 10 sessions a year (recently extended to 20 per year, during Covid-19). Some private health insurance covers allied health, and sessions can also be funded by NDIS.