Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice

Hello, my name is Lisa and I am a Master’s trained, registered (ANZACATA) Creative Art Therapist. I am available from February 2024 at Mullum Road Warrandyte on Fridays.

I also have experience working & volunteering as a disability advocate, and supporting and housing homeless people (H2H case manager) and specialist support coordinator as well as supported many participants with their creative practices as a community art facilitator.  I love working with all ages, needs and presentations, especially connecting with fellow neurodivergent kin. I also have trained in motivational interviewing and sand tray therapy.

Arts based psychotherapy, other ways of knowing:

In western society the use of language, writing, reading and even thinking in words is privileged over the many other forms of knowledge we humans hold. These word activities are the domain of the frontal lobe of the brain, the part of our brain which is the last to develop as we grow and is sophisticated enough to utilise language.However the knowledge held in the brains limbic system which is the domain of emotions, relating with others and our pre-verbal and childhood embodied knowledge and memories cannot accessed by words. These parts of the brain hold important experiences, information and ideas which can be accessed through Images, colours, sound, aromas, movement and tactile experience which art mediums can facilitate. Using specific arts therapy techniques and respectful therapeutic enquiry we are able to access this knowledge and utilise it to make meaningful life enhancing change.

A variety of methods and mediums In an arts psychotherapy session we can, if you choose, use many different modes of creative representation to express feelings and experiences including visual art and sculpture, movement, voice and writing.

The purpose of arts based psychotherapy

therapy There are many different forms of art therapy. I use the MIECAT form of creative arts psychotherapy, the purpose of which is to assist people to learn more about themselves, make meaning of their experiences and to use what they learn to create life enhancing change in their lives. The MIECAT therapy Model is person centred and highlights the equality between therapist and client.

What happens in a session?

I work in an emergent manner, which means that we do not follow a predetermined direction or aim for a particular outcome, but instead, let the creative process guide us in the direction of what holds most importance or interest to you. You will guide the way and I will accompany your unique path of discovery. Following your lead, I companion you through your own inquiry without judgment or prejudice. I have learned to not only listen to words and conversations but to observe the body language and gestures of the person in front of me to understand more about your overall mood. I like to take time to really listen and observe in order to find the best ways to communicate and aid you with your creative process. Having control over your own preferred ways of expression is empowering and leads you to own every part of your process. It creates a space for autonomy. I understand that in a nurturing environment, art-making and following one’s own individual calling can be an immensely transformative experience. No interpretation will be made about your experiences or your representations. The process will bring you to your own awareness, understanding and potential choice for change. I seek to see and take into account all of you, accepting you for who you are.

Do I need to be artistic?

No artistic talent or experience is required I believe in non judgemental acceptance and inclusion and hold importance in working within a safe, person-centered, and neuro-affirming way.

I look forward to connecting and creating with you.

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