Melbourne Art Therapy

Healing your mind without words

Sometimes you can go over and over what’s happened or how you feel until you get to a point where you’re not getting anywhere. It’s in times like these that expressing your emotions verbally doesn’t always work. My one-on-one Melbrourne art therapy and online sessions are a way of expressing your emotions through creativity.

What Can Art Therapy Help You to Heal?

It’s normal to feel like talking about how you feel can only get you so far. Engaging in creativity via art therapy can aid recovery. It helps you to express yourself, focus, relax, connect with other people and at times share your story. Here’s how art therapy might be able to help.

Anxiety
Fighting anxiety can be exhausting both mentally and physically. Art therapy can be used to relax your mind and body.
Depression
Art therapy provides a healthy channel to let go of emotions that cannot be expressed with words.
Stress
Creating art can help you to stop thinking about whatever it is that is worrying you and be present in the moment.
Self-esteem
Art therapy can give you a feeling of self-satisfaction, improving your confidence at the same time.
Self-discovery
The creative process can help us to recognise feelings that have been hiding in our subconscious.
Anger Management
Through art, we’re able to channel emotions. Helping us to express anger in a way that is healing rather than damaging.

What Is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is the use of creating art and creative processes in a therapeutic setting to express feelings and explore experiences.

You don’t need any art experience to take part. The purpose of art therapy is to provide a safe and supportive space to explore and engage in the creative process.

Creating art can help you to heal because it allows you to express yourself, focusing on your emotions and relaxes you. It also helps you to connect with other people.

If you choose to do art therapy in a group setting, it can be a nice way to build healthy connections with other people. This can be extremely beneficial if you are fighting depression.

Creating art to express yourself can be self-revealing and sometimes it’s just as painful as talking. So it’s perfectly okay to feel like you’re not ready for it yet. We’ll take it at a pace that’s right for you.

How We Do Art Therapy at Creative Healing

Our Melbourne based art therapy sessions usually consist of 2 parts in a therapeutic process. The first part is where we use art materials to focus on self-expression around the presenting problem. The second part of the session is spent exploring, building insight and making meaning of the artwork and creative process to heal and move forward on your life journey. We create art through both guided drawing and Work at the Clay Field. Both of which are body-focused, sensorimotor and trauma-informed art therapy approaches. They support the awareness of body memories and aren’t necessarily concerned with an image-making process.
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Guided Drawing

The purpose of guided drawing is to discover one’s inner movements and the messages of their creation or destruction. We focus on the internal body sensations like physical pain or muscle tension. It also focuses on our changing emotions such as grief and anger or joy and feeling uplifted. Guided drawing is done rhythmically with both hands and doesn’t use imagery. You’ll then draw what they need in order to release inner tension or emotional charge.

Work At The Clay Field

This is a therapeutic approach which can be beneficial for recovery from abuse, childhood experiences, trauma and concerns relating to depression, stress and anxiety. A large flat box is filled with clay and you close your eyes and make contact with the clay. Allowing your hands to find their way, touching, scratching, digging, kneading, patting, beating… until shapes begin to emerge. Your story can be told by creating scenes, destroying them and then recreating them. There won’t be a finished product to take home but instead an adventure of an intense inner journey and inner healing.

Are you ready to start your healing process?

Book online now or call 0425 730 692 to make an appointment.

About Sally Tyrrell

When I'm not off painting rainbows with my kids and getting stuck in glitter and scissors, paint and clay, I’m an experienced and Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Sensorimotor Art Therapist, who works with children, adolescents, women and families. I can help when you experience difficulties managing the demands of day-to-day life. Including the impacts of depression, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma and relationship problems.

On a personal level, being creative has changed my life and opened me up to divine insight about myself. It allows me to express my inner world and helps me to integrate it into my outer world.

Through creative expression I have been able to heal old wounds, free myself of past worries and opened my heart to truly knowing, understanding and loving myself for who I am. This has allowed me to open my heart and invite new things to come my way. I now share this passion with women and children to help them on their path to positive growth too.

My all-time favourite quote that inspires me and my work is, “You must give up the life you planned, in order to have the life that is waiting for you…” Joseph Campbell

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