Art therapy has a foundation in psychology. It addresses emotional and developmental needs through the combination of the art activity and therapy relationship. The perspective of my practise focuses on self-expression and the immediate shared space.
Sessions are designed to allow for freedom of expression but also, to either moderate or expand responses. For some clients, visual expression is more accessible than language or assists with verbal expression.
The process can be the focus within art therapy as certain art media and /or media handling can stimulate a particular emotional response. Working a large block of clay or drawing heavily with pastels or pencils can be calming by providing an outlet for tension or physical energy.
Inspiring interest and the curiosity to discover and learn is also central to my practice. For many clients becoming comfortable in another’s presence and able to engage with things in the immediate space is significant in developing forms of social interaction and way of coping with the social environment.
Visual representation assists learning in relation to language and communication as both words and visual images are symbols for real objects. Recognition of imagery and forms of representation underlies concepts of language, communication and the visual signs that make up our environment.
I design appropriate activities for clients that encourage development such as fine and gross motor skills, hand and eye co ordination. Young clients can acquire understanding of concepts such as object permanence, cause and effect and recognition of forms of representation through art.