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“Creative arts therapy is an experiential psychotherapeutic approach utilising arts modalities within a relationship with a trained therapist, attending to emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual well-being”
 

ANZACATA (The peak professional association for Creative Arts Therapies in Australia, New Zealand and Asia).

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Art therapists use creative, arts-based processes and activities as part of their therapeutic work with clients, to facilitate self expression, communication, self awareness and personal development.
 

Creative expression has been found to improve health including physical, emotional and cognitive functioning, integrating socially and increasing the overall quality of life, meaning and insight of self in the world.

 

My approach begins with developing a safe space for you to enter into, or continue on, a journey of self-discovery. I will journey alongside you, in a co-inquiry together, focussing on strengthening meaning, expanding perspective, and developing a connection to spirit and purpose. 

 

I will encourage those I work with to explore their unconscious world and significant internal experiences and patterns, bringing light, awareness and healing.

WHAT IS ART THERAPY?

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  • Experiencing a safe and supportive environment to explore aspects you may normally keep hidden

  • Clarifying concerns or challenges

  • Working through and healing personal issues and traumas

  • Developing strategies to better cope with but are not limited to trauma, anxiety, depression, anger, fear, grief, change, relationship difficulties, or loss. 

  • A sensory safe and mindful environment

  • Gaining support through life transitions

  • Self expression when you may not be able to describe how you are feeling with words alone: make the invisible (such as painful emotions and experiences) visible through external expression

  • Acceptance of all parts of self and assisting to become whole

  • Renewed understanding of personal meaning and discovery of inner resources

  • Reconnecting with creativity

  • Increasing self esteem, self worth and confidence

  • Developing healthy coping skills

  • Art making engages the whole brain and can stimulate integration of cognitive, feeling and sensory processes

  • Self empowerment, strength and an understanding of personal values when making life decisions.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ART THERAPY?

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Art Therapy can be a very misleading term. It actually has very little to do with art but a lot to do with being creative and using activities such as drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and assembling objects as a way of understanding ourselves better.

In an art therapy session there are a variety of materials that you can use. If paper and pencil is where you feel comfortable to begin with, then that is a good place to begin. My role as an art therapist is to support you to engage in a 'creative process' which might sound a bit wishy washy or magical but many people find it a very real way of getting in touch with what is happening for them emotionally. 

Art therapy is simply suitable for anyone who would like to inquire into themselves and how they experience the world, discover more about themselves, clear blockages, heal from past experiences, develop and connect with their creativity, or improve relationships.

I'M NOT VERY GOOD AT ART, IS ART THERAPY SUITABLE FOR ME?

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Art therapy can benefit people of all ages, genders, sexualities, cultural backgrounds and socio-ecenomic circumstances. The insights, growth, healing and learning is tailored to the individual needs of the client. The therapeutic process begins from where the individual is at and will be guided by the client, as I will facilitate the discovery process.
 

My particular style is great for someone who is wanting to explore themselves in the world and who is ready, courageous enough and willing to step into the unknown in order to discover something new.
 

Art therapy is suitable for anyone who would like to inquire into themselves and how they experience the world, discover more about themselves, clear blockages, heal from past experiences, develop and connect with their creativity, or improve relationships.
 

There are many other reasons someone may want to explore art therapy, as many reasons as their are individuals. Art Therapy can also benefit those experiencing a range of mental, emotional and physical illnesses, disorders, addiction, trauma, grief and loss.

SO WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM ART THERAPY?

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Workshops offer a combination of creative processes to develop a stronger connection with one another in the group, as individuals, to have fun, increase well-being and discover your own creative practices to embody your values and encourage connection and a sense of belonging.

Workshops can be specifically tailored to your group, organisation, school or special event focusing on a particular theme, or just for enjoyment and self-care. No artistic abilities are required.

 

Creative Team Building Workshops are also available for Corporate Organisations, and are tailored to the requirements and aims of the group. The time frame for the session can be from the standard 2 hours to a full day session, and can be facilitated to be aligned with organisational goals, values and strategic plans.
 

Mikarla has delivered creative art workshops to organisations and groups across Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast regions, as well as internationally. Options are available to travel and facilitate workshops anywhere in the world. Please contact me for more information: mikarlateague@gmail.com


 

GROUP ART THERAPY WORKSHOPS

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© 2020 Mikarla Teague. 

I respectfully acknowledge the rightful custodians of the land on which I live, work and create as we are meeting on custodial land of the oldest living civilisation in the world. This is a contested space, so I pay my respects to both the Jagera people and the Turrbul people and their Elders, past, present and emerging, for they hold the hopes, dreams, traditions and cultures of Aboriginal Australia.

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