Arts Therapy

What is Creative Arts Therapy?

Creative Arts Therapies make use of different creative media to support healing when words are not enough. Arts Therapy proves especially effective in Trauma work, where creativity can be safely applied to build a bridge between body, mind and soul. Additionally, the language of art allows clients in multicultural contexts to feel felt and connected to themselves and others.

Arts Therapy is a therapeutic process that integrates creative expression with psychoanalytic techniques. There are different Modalities like visual art-making, drama, dance and movement.  

Creative Arts Therapy helps by facilitating self-expression and developing new coping strategies. The creative processes include drawing, painting, craft, colouring, sculpting, or collage.  As clients create art, they gain exploration and insight. They may reflect on what they have made and discern how it makes them feel.  By exploring their art, people discover various new and old ideas and beliefs. These may be affecting their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours consciously or subconsciously. 

Creative Arts Therapy quick info

  • It is neither expected nor a requirement for clients to have any creative skills to benefit from this therapeutic practice.
  • Supports clients’ healing process based on the latest research in Mental Health and Neuroscience
  • Gain insight by working with different modalities to improve wellbeing
  • Sensory exploration to increase bodily awareness
  • Use movement & role expression to enhance imaginative play               
  • Connect with natural materials                   
  • Create meaning through the use of metaphors and archetypes
  • Equipment provided – all you need to do is show up.
  • Arts therapy is available for plan-managed, self-managed or NDIS-managed adult participants.
  • Our services are also available for private clients
  • Multicultural, multilingual values

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Issues Treated By Creative Arts Therapy

Arts therapy has been shown to benefit people of all ages. However, if you’re looking for therapy for ages 3 to 12, also have a look at play therapy.

Creative Arts therapy may be helpful in circumstances such as, but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma/ Posttraumatic stress
  • Chronic Pain
  • Disabilities i.e. ASD, Schizophrenia
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Substance dependency
  • Stress
  • Aging and geriatric issues
  • Cancer
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Heart disease
  • Eating disorders
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Family or relationship issues

The use of Creative Arts Therapies can help to

  • strengthen the abilities of an individual to solve problems and achieve goals
  • repair and rejuvenate relationship dynamics established throughout life
  • explore childhood experiences,
  • gain insight into personalities, behaviours and feelings
  • learn how to identify and avoid destructive or non-helpful behaviours

Our Approach

Felt emotions are sometimes hard to describe. This therapeutic psychoanalytical approach supports clients in addressing complex feelings and motivates clients to change perspective while engaging with different modalities of expression to enhance self-growth.

Creative Arts Therapies are grounded in psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, person-centred, humanistic, existential and transpersonal theories. They make use of different creative modalities to gain insight when words are not enough.

We want to provide the client with a rich therapeutic process to promote effective healing. That’s why at COPE our Psychologists and Creative Arts Therapists work closely together. Within individual and group settings we guide our clients through the sessions. These combine warm-up, creative phase and reflection to build and strengthen self in relation to others. In an initial session, our Arts Therapist introduces you to different modalities in a safe space. Trust is further built by supporting the client’s journey. From presenting issues to a deeper insight into their emotions and how they connect to the client’s experience of the world.

The psychologists’ psychoanalytical therapy guides the client’s overall healing process. The Creative Arts Therapist, on the other hand, supports self-actualisation through creativity to address complex feelings and motivates the client’s change of perspective to enhance self-growth.

At COPE we also integrate the use of Creative Arts Therapies in a multicultural context to allow clients to stay connected with their mother language, ancestry and cultural identity through creative expression, which can improve their healing process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Us

Our Creative Arts Therapist is Elisabeth Eitelberger. She focuses on embodied ways of exploring issues related to anxiety, depression, complex trauma, chronic pain, and cultural and gender identity. 

Elisabeth has longstanding experience in working with vulnerable people in socio-cultural contexts. Furthermore, she uses the latest methods and techniques to guide a creative healing process that responds to clients’ individual needs.

Elisabeth is available for individual adult creative arts therapy sessions. Sessions are person-centred. She customizes her modalities toward the client and their presenting issues. Elisabeth can offer sessions in both German and English. This supports COPE’s multicultural counselling services.

Arts Therapy
Elisabeth Eitelberger MCAT, MPhil, GradDipCAT, AThR

Registration

A Registered Arts Therapist (AThR) is an arts therapist who is registered with the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA). To be eligible to register with ANZACATA, a Registered Arts Therapist needs to complete a certified university course in art therapy and maintain their skills through ongoing professional development as approved by ANZACATA.

 

 

 

 

It is neither expected nor a requirement for clients to have any creative skills to benefit from this therapeutic practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Creative Arts Therapy Services

COPE Centre is now offering creative arts therapy services to help our clients achieve their recovery goals in a warm and safe caring environment that is a judgement-free zone.

  • No previous art skill required!
  • Equipment provided – all you need to do is show up.
  • Arts therapy is available for plan-managed, self-managed or NDIS managed Adult participants.
  • Our services are also available for private clients.

Appointments

Elisabeth is available for individual adult creative arts therapy sessions. Sessions are kept person-centred. Modalities are individualised towards the client and their presenting issues. COPE Centre is located on Hay St, West Perth. Elisabeth can offer sessions in both German and English.

Contact Us

Contact us on 0477448350 or email admin@copecentre.org to complete a referral now for our art therapy services.

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