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The creative process of drawing, painting, using clay, collage or the many other mediums available, helps the person to use the images to express and communicate matters that are known, unknown or not able to be spoken about. The process assists to find a voice when words are difficult to be spoken, connecting us with deeper parts of our selves, giving voice to what our conscious thoughts often want to ignore.
Expressing creatively supports the mind-body connections and assists in developing stronger self awareness. The images and symbols expressed can lead to faster understanding of the issue or concern and provide a safe container for continued processing and integration to occur. Greater self-awareness reduces the impact of stress and helps us function more effectively.
The Art Therapy process is very life affirming and aimed at improving health and wellbeing. Art Therapy is not about being an artist and no prior art experience is necessary. It differs from traditional art in that the emphasis is on the process rather than the end product, although many finished creative art works add to the enriched experience.
Our specialist Art Therapists work with: Stress, PTSD, Trauma, Anxiety, Disability, Depression, Bereavement, Carer Issues, Relationship issues, Chroinic illness/conditions, ABI - Acquired Brain Injury, Grief, Loss and major life change.
“My drawing helps me to express my frustration. It’s so good to get it out and I feel so much better afterwards. Being supported and understood by the art therapist also helps me to be calm and focus on manageable goals”.
“Art Therapy helped me to express much that I have been holding within for many years. I feel like me again.”
The Royal Talbot Art Therapy Service was established in 2001 and has provided individual and group therapy to in-patient and out-patient clients of Austin Health. The service supports people undertaking rehabilitation who have a chronic health condition or who have experienced trauma or disability via injury or illness including: Stroke, Acquired Brain Injury, Spinal Injury, Neurological Conditions, Amputee/Orthopaedic Conditions and Brain Disorders. Art Therapy for rehabilitation patients can differ greatly depending upon the conditions we are working with.
Examples of patient experiences include but are not limited to:
Creatively expressing is safe, gentle, supportive, understanding and provides a secure environment for the person to slowly express and process the emotional pain of the loss. Too often we are told to 'move on' when what is needed is to be heard and understood. When we are heard, validated and supported our capacity to support other's increases and compassion fatigue decreases.
“After my husband died I had to go back to work, I struggled to do my job, always in tears. I was threatened that I might lose my job unless I move on and get over it.” This lady used clay to make a container for her grief to be 'cared' for at home and made personal symbols of strength, that were helpful to take to work.
We are able to provide Art Therapy services across the Melbourne Metropolitan and Regional areas of Victoria. Please contact us to discuss your needs.