Art, Play & Expressive Therapy for children aged 5 – 12 years
Do you have a child in the family who has experienced any of the following?
- Anxiety, stress or depression
- Trauma or distress
- Exposure to family violence
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Divorced or separated parents
- Loss or bereavement
- Is not realising their full potential academically or socially
- Bullies others or is bullied themselves
- Has an illness, disability or developmental disorder
If so, Expressive Therapy may help. We offer Art and Play Therapies for children and young people aged 5 to 12 years impacted by emotional, behavioural and mental health issues. We use a variety of creative techniques to alleviate mild, moderate and chronic psychological and emotional conditions.
What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is a type of therapy where art can be used to communicate or express thoughts and feelings. Art-making skills are not necessary. Instead, the focus is on the process of making art to better understand thoughts, feelings and experiences.
Who can use Art Therapy?
Art Therapy can be used with participants who have experienced emotional problems, anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, family separation, grief & loss, bullying, developmental disorders, live with a disability or are struggling socially or academically.
It helps express feelings through discussion, drawing, painting and sculpting. Art Therapy is excellent for children from 5 years, young people and adults, and can work effectively in strengthening Parent/Child relationships.
It can be especially helpful for people whose first language is other than English or who have difficulty with verbal expression. Art Therapy uses a variety of mediums and creative processes to help alleviate the impacts of mild, moderate, and chronic psychological and emotional conditions.
Participants can use the experiential learnings from Art Therapy to support the maintenance of wellbeing and apply it to daily life, self-care and recreational activity.
Benefits of Art Therapy
- Reflect on experiences and increase self-awareness through making art
- Learn new ways to self-soothe and self-regulate
- Communicate using art where words may be difficult to find
- Release difficult feelings in a socially acceptable way
- Increase self-confidence through acquiring a new skill in self-expression
- Enhance mental and emotional wellbeing
What happens next?
Our Care Plan
Prior to therapy, the Therapist will meet with you for an Initial Assessment and discuss any concerns and goals for therapy and then design a tailored Care Plan.
- Initial assessment session
- 6 Art Therapy sessions
- Reassessment/Feedback session for Parents/Carers
- 50-minute sessions, weekly
Our fee structure is designed to make therapy accessible to all families. Please call to discuss availability and payment plans.
With the parent’s or carer’s permission, assessment tools are used to measure the changes in the child’s behaviour and emotional state. In the majority of cases, there is a marked improvement.
Our therapists are Master qualified and registered with ANZACATA and PACFA.
Our main goal is to provide hope, healing, and change for children and their families.