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IAT Techniques

During our art therapy sessions, we will discuss what has brought you to art therapy and explore different art media. You will have the opportunity to creatively express your emotions, share the art work with your therapist and, if you choose a group situation, other members of the group.

Pastels & paints

paints and pastelsThe soft feel of pastels, the flow of paint or the stronger oil pastels receives the emotional discharge as you work with these art media.

“The type of art material will most probably ‘call’ to you and will be right for you at the time”.

Clay Work

clayPeople of all ages enjoy squishing and pounding the clay. Some people find this soothing and it can be useful for releasing tension or frustration. In addition, clay gets people in touch with nature and feeling the earth. It is used to work vividly and transformatively with emotions like anger, grief and fear.

Dream work

dreamworkDreams and dream work are essential in understanding our path in life, our repressed memories, and above all, the path to wholeness. We use different methods to uncover the unconscious material in dreams and by expanding our conscious awareness into the dream world we can understand more about our behaviour and personality.

“Our dreams hold symbols and images that can illuminate our ‘blind’ spots”.

Mandalas:

“The word ‘Mandala’ is from Sanskrit, a classic Indian language developed over 2300 years ago. Loosely translated to mean ‘circle,’ a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself – a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.”
Mandala: Journey to the Centre, Cunningham, Bailey. (Dorling Kindersley: New York, NY. P. 12)

Collage

Collages can help us open up our creative and artistic sides to create a sense of peace or to define who we are at this moment. Allowing our subconscious mind to pick and choose which images to include can give us a broader understanding of our innermost thoughts.

” Creativity and ideas don’t appear on demand. They seem to spring up when we least expect them”.

Masks

masksMasks can reveal more than they hide, and identifying the masks that we wear can help us to shed the old, encouraging us to let our real self shine through. By painting masks, we discover another way to tell our story. The mask reflects the situation we are actually in. Behind them, stands the person who every now and again removes their ‘mask’, allowing others the opportunity to see them in a different light.

Often we realize that the person we have created is very much a part of who we already are – it just needs some love and encouragement to become more apparent.

Guided meditation  

meditationThrough meditation, we can facilitate you going beyond your conditioned thinking into a deeper state of relaxation, encouraging personal empowerment, awareness and achieving a higher state of consciousness. As you find answers, they may lead you to a happier and freer state of being.

“Your mind and body are intertwined. Tapping into a deeper state of consciousness allows you to release the restrictions of your self-image”.

Cognitive, Gestalt and other Psychotherapeutic techniques:

Art therapy practice is based on the knowledge of human development and psychological theories. It is used to help individuals with expression of feelings, emotional issues, self-awareness, social skills, problem solving, anxiety and stress reduction, self-esteem issues and personal growth. Art therapy employs two-dimensional and three-dimensional art media to encourage the creative expression of an individual’s interests, needs, abilities, experiences, concerns, and feelings. The products created in art therapy are simply expressions from within the individual.

“Ultimately, art therapy is about the healing that occurs during the creative process, rather than the art product itself”.

Symbol and Soul Work:

We choose symbols, gradually seeing them as representing our feelings, thoughts and unconscious drives. We may begin to understand ourselves more clearly, or we may simply begin to feel better. In receiving acceptance we allow the symbol to represent parts of us; they become significant symbols for us as our inner meanings are projected onto them.

We may feel that some of the symbols reach out to us. We probably do not realise it at first, but the symbols stand out for us because something inside us resonates, recognises itself in them. The symbols begin to express the language of our unconscious.