What is arts counselling?


First a safe, supportive environment that encourages clients to share, discuss and reflect on their situation is established. Then, in addition to talking about the issues, clients have the opportunity to work creatively if they choose to.

Some examples of how creative materials might be used are that clay modelling could encourage focus and physical effort, which is very useful in the instance of stress or suppressed anger.

Drawing can literally describe difficult situations or it can be used as an emotional outlet. Painting can also be an outlet or in some cases provide a sense of calm and well-being.

Arts counselling is a useful therapeutic process for people of all ages, but it is particularly good when working with those who are unable to articulate their distress, especially young people. It may be that they do not fully understand or comprehend their trauma, or perhaps it is just too big and overwhelming.

Sometimes creativity can act as a starting point for discussion or it may in itself be a cathartic process. Exploring visual metaphors for emotions makes it possible to tackle personal issues without having to face them head on.

Arts counselling is ideal for helping clients to re-build a sense of self-worth, enthusiasm for life and positive thought about the world and their situation.