What is Arts Therapy

Arts therapy is a therapeutic process that integrates creative expression through visual art-making, drama, dance and movement with psychotherapeutic techniques to improve mental, physical and emotional well-being, by facilitating self-expression and developing new coping strategies. The creative processes used in arts therapy include drawing, painting, craft, colouring, sculpting, or collage. As clients create art, they may reflect on what they have made and discern how it makes them feel. By exploring their art, people discover ideas and beliefs that subconsciously may be affecting their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours.

Approach – Arts Therapy

Creative Arts Therapies are grounded in psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, person-centred, humanistic, existential and transpersonal theories and make use of different creative modalities to gain insight when words are not enough. This proves especially effective in Trauma work where creativity can be safely applied to build a bridge between body, mind and soul. At COPE Psychologists and Creative Arts Therapists work closely together to provide the client with a rich therapeutic process to promote effective healing. Within individual and group settings clients are guided through sessions that combine warm-up, creative phase and reflection to build and strengthen self in relation to others. Initial sessions are used to introduce different modalities in a safe space, trust is further built through supporting the client’s journey from presenting issues to a deeper understanding of their felt emotions and how they connect to the client’s experience of the world. While the psychologists’ analytical therapy guides the client’s overall healing process, the Creative Arts Therapist supports self-actualisation through creativity, to address complex feelings and to motivate 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.



“Art can permeate the very deepest part of us, where no words exist.”

Eileen Miller




About us

Arts Therapy
Arts Therapy

Elisabeth’s therapeutic approach is guided by humanistic, existential and psychodynamic theories around the use of process-orientated creativity in different clinical settings. In her work with clients, she focuses on embodied ways of exploring issues related to anxiety, depression, complex trauma, chronic pain, cultural and gender identity. Elisabeth has longstanding experience of working with vulnerable people in socio-cultural contexts and uses the latest methods and techniques to guide a creative healing process that responds to clients’ individual needs.

(Photo) Elisabeth Eitelberger, MCAT, MPhil, GradDipCAT, AThR

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


  • Individual
  • Group Therapies
  • Play therapy for children
  • Modalities – creative writing, drama (combining Psychodrama and Dramatherapy methods), movement/dance/music, visual (two- and three-dimensional) art, Sandplay

Arts therapy is available for ages 8+ and for plan-managed, self-managed, NDIS managed participants or private paying clients.

Contact Us

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


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. (Images below)


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