Creative Therapy

Harewood HouseArtz Academy uses Creative Therapy to work with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds presenting a variety of issues and problems ranging from mental health, physical disability, learning difficulties, trauma, special needs, addictions or trouble in school. Creative therapy uses art as a therapeutic technique to help feel emotions and learn to understand and come to terms with sometimes painful feelings or memories which would otherwise be suppressed and left to lay dormant.

Creative Therapy enables the client to effect change and growth on a personal level, within a safe environment, through the use of art materials including, paint, clay and drawing. The sessions can be one to one or in a group format and are ongoing sessions.

Healing arts

Scientific studies tell us that art heals by changing a person's physiology and attitude. The body can change from one of stress to one of deep relaxation, from one of fear to one of creativity and inspiration. Art is an indigenous feature of every society - the activity of painting is almost as ancient as man, reflecting self-expression and creativity. Art-work created in a therapeutic setting, has a different purpose to a setting where the individual aims to create 'good art'.

Art is used, in a therapeutic setting as a means of non-verbal communication, as a way of stating mixed, poorly understood feelings in a attempt to bring them into clarity and order. We believe that man's most fundamental thought and feeling, derived from the unconscious reaches expression in images rather than words. When speech is impaired, underdeveloped, or for some reason rejected as a normal means of communication, art activity can provide a most valuable substitute.

Drawing, painting, clay modelling etc can be used as a type of symbolic speech, a way of saying something non-verbally through symbols. Symbolizing feelings and experiences in images can be a more powerful means of expression than verbal description and at the same time, is able to render these feelings and experiences less threatening.

A person can gain insight both intellectually and emotionally by connecting the meaning of the symbols in the pictures, like symbols in recurring dreams, to his or her own life situations. By focusing on art-work, and looking which images re-occur, many aspects of the self possibly previously hidden may become clear. The art then can become a means for discussion, analysis, and self-evaluation.

Group Therapy Drug Rehabilitation Treatment Programme

Artz Academy specialises in group therapy drug treatment programmes using art and creative writing as a means of personal expression. Through the use of different media clients express and work through issues and concerns that have brought them into day treatment. Art and writing focus's on non-verbal communication and creative processes in a trusting, non-judgemental environment within which clients can acknowledge and convey emotions and express hope for the future. We use many ideas of Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Step Program.

Sessions bring about positive changes in clients lives, creating power and choice to engage and participate in various aspects of the programme for the mutual benefit of themselves, the group and the community. The group members are able to see that they have many resources to support each other and themselves. Images are a valuable extension of the client's inner feelings, which can be explored in an atmosphere of interest and lack of judgement.

Art can make issues more accessible for discussion making them concrete or symbolic. It is seen to enhance the quality of communication and reduce confusion. The artwork provides a non-threatening focus where images can be talked about. Art and creative writing provide a means to support independence and risk-taking serving to diminish the feelings of social isolation through providing a basis for sociable exchange.

Arts in Health Projects

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