JUBILEE ART CENTRE
“The picture is the Holy Spirit memory” – Watchman Nee
Art Therapy is an effective therapeutic approach to treating various physical, emotional and social issues. The approach of the Art Therapist is one of respect and sensitivity for the client’s life experience and uniqueness.
This makes the client at ease, placing them in a position of control of their healing process. One does not have to be artistic to utilise Art Therapy – just eager to heal and change.
The Therapist facilitates the client and lead them through the Art Therapy process. Art Therapy has different purposes:
- It helps an individual to relax. When relaxed, more blood goes to the brain, which assists a client in solving problems.
- Deeper lying subconcious data can be brought to the surface. This brings insight which is the starting point of recovery.
- It serves as a reference. When hardship was conquered – and this brings courage.
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I remind clients that ‘you do not have to be artistic to benefit from Art Therapy’. Even if you cannot draw, you can ‘do’ Art Therapy. You can, however, make an involved piece of work to summarise your therapeutic process. This work is such an example. It was preceeded by smaller quicker works. With those the client was able to expell negative emotions. The last work became a positive expression of a changed perspective.
An eight year old girl who was sexually molested was referred to me. Most of her work had a broken heart in it. During one session she attempted to make a ‘whole’ heart, but the line was still crooked and she had to add the ‘missing’ part. This was an interesting observation. As children are less deliberate than adults, they are more honest in their Art Therapy process. She truly was unable to make a whole heart. Only after a specific session where I used imagery of balloons being set free was she able to make a ‘whole’ heart. She made this picture of the therapist as a ‘thank you’ gift.
A client using a poem to stimulate emotion and thought. She used different media from food colouring to acrylic paint to depict her image.
Clients have the freedom to choose mediums and the process. The Therapist becomes a facilitator. This is important, as it creates boldness in the client and leads to healing. During my thesis, I investigated the differences between an unstructured and structured approach to therapy. Several clients became more bold, free and artistic when they were given the freedom to choose their own medium.
Collage is a popular medium
This client had an eating disorder and her protea in the crooked pot was a fascinating work. Through this work she expressed her need to be filled and to be made whole. Food has become the substitute for a greater spiritual need of deep connection and intimacy.