Creative Therapy

For self-expression and personal growth

Creative Therapy is a broad term that incorporates many different forms of therapy that focus on the use of creative arts. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Art Therapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Bibliotherapy – the use of books, literature and creative writing
  • Cinematherapy – the use of film and movies

The focus of Creative Therapy is on expression and the creative journey and not on the technical skills behind the creation, so artistic skills are not required or necessary. Individuals are encouraged to use sessions to explore their emotions through the use of different art mediums, creating an experience of expression. Creative Therapy can take many forms and extends beyond just drawing or painting. Through exploration of different methods and mediums, the individual can identify what truly interests them and explore this further.

We experience our environment and the world around us using all our senses, so Creative Therapy sessions can tap into and explore all of our senses to facilitate growth.

They can also be tailored to meet the needs of individuals with sensory needs who either avoid or seek certain sensory stimuli. Utilising the vast variety of creative tools and mediums, there are activities to interest everyone. Some of the mediums that we use in Creative Therapy are:

  • Drawing and Painting using various materials
  • Journaling, Poetry, Creative Writing, Story telling
  • Mixed Media, Collage, Scrapbooking, Art Journaling
  • Drama, Movement, Dance, Music and Sound
  • Clay and sculpture
  • Sand Tray
  • Movie making
  • Jewellery making
  • Doll making
  • Play Therapy and Sensory Play
  • Food and cooking – edible art

Sessions can be tailored to meet the unique and varied individual sensory needs of the person. Tasks that involve calming strategies and self-regulation can incorporate sensory activities designed to help the individual stay focused and in charge of their emotions.

 

Art activities provide individuals with the opportunity to identify and work on sensory sensitivities by encouraging people to experience different textures and mediums. Activities using paint and slime can help individuals who struggle with messy or wet substances. Creation of edible art can help expose individuals to different foods and consistencies, whilst the art component can help individuals develop self-calming techniques.

 

This process can be greatly assisted by completion of a Sensory Profile by an allied health professional. As with any form of therapy, it is advised that you speak with your therapists about sensory needs so that these can be incorporated into sessions.

How can Creative Therapy help?

Creative Therapy can provide an opportunity for individuals to express themselves through means other than words. Through the creation of art and the associated thought process behind the creation and choice of medium and materials, individuals can develop a greater awareness of themselves and their own thoughts and emotions. Whilst the hands are busy creating, it can often be easier to find the words to describe our emotions and thoughts and start to identify and develop coping skills and strategies to better manage our emotions.

Creative Therapy is a way of developing emotional literacy, or the understanding of our own and others emotions and how these emotions impact on different people. By understanding our own emotions, we begin to develop the skills to recognise and identify those emotions in others.

What can Creative Therapy sessions include?

There are no rules when structuring a creative therapy session. Each session is tailored to the individuals’ interests, passions, goals and needs. With a vast array of materials and options available to the individual, sessions can be adapted to ensure they do not become uninteresting or repetitive.

Creative Therapy sessions are adaptable to any environment including but not limited to our clinics, the individuals home and/or their school as well as in the community. Sessions are available on a 1:1 structure, or family and support staff are able to engage in the session.

As part of a holistic approach to therapy, sessions can be developed in collaboration with other therapists, such as Occupational Therapists or Speech Pathologists, to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach to achieve best outcomes and to ensure a comprehensive approach is utilised.