What is art therapy?
- Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that includes the process of art making and reflection within a safe and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship.
- Sometimes it’s difficult to put our experiences into words, and art making can offer us an added layer of meaning or alternative way to communicate with ourselves and those around us.
- Art therapists pay special attention to the qualities of art materials and their role in promoting safety and healing for mental health and wellbeing. You may use visual arts materials and processes such as drawing, painting, clay sculpture, collage, textiles and more.
- Attending does not require any particular artistic talent or skill. An interest in art making and a willingness to “have a go” is helpful, but what is most important is that you feel safe and supported.
Art therapy at MAMA
- Our art therapist provides evidence-based support for individuals. Your needs and how you would like to be supported will be discussed in the initial appointment.
- Art therapy during the perinatal period may help individuals explore and process:
- Pregnancy and post-natal distress, such as worry, sadness, isolation, stress, overwhelm, hopelessness, confusion and feeling “not good enough”
- Past traumas or unresolved issues that may be impacting your current experience or expectations of birth and parenting
- Birth trauma
- Grief and loss
- Changes to identity and loss of sense of Self
- Difficulty transitioning or adjusting to new roles in parenting or relationships
- Challenges in the parent-infant relationship and bonding process
Jessica Fitzgerald offers individual art therapy ($120 per hour) She offers appointments on Tuesdays from 10am – 1pm at MAMA Kensington. If you are interested in booking art therapy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org