COUNSELLING USING CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIES There is lots of evidence indicating the use and appreciation of creative arts practices from the very first records of humans and through the ages. Even as far back as 40,000 BC creativity in arts was part of community life, spirituality, healing and expression. People make images and objects to express themselves and make sense of their experiences. Creative arts therapies are a person centred approach to counselling giving opportunity to embody, distance and externalise experiences.
This therapeutic space is a safe and gentle environment where assessing inner most thoughts which are often hidden, can unlock insights and allow for increased self-awareness and acceptance. This is an opportunity to make room for new perspectives and greater creative problem solving, allowing for the exploration of new approaches and different outcomes. These processes can often be life changing.
When reflecting during this process some questions explored may include:
What draws your attention the most?
What comes to mind when you focus on this?
When reflecting what do you become aware of ?
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At the conclusion of a recent session the client reflected: ‘I went on to making an image of my experience which gave me a way of distancing myself from the problem. I could see what it looked like and how I felt about what it looked like.’
SANDRA BUCHANAN Hello. Welcome! I would like to tell you a little bit about myself, I am a qualified counsellor with special interest in the use of creative arts therapies. .
I find my abilities lay in relationship and meaningful support of people in both the group context and also one on one connection. This has informed the direction my career has taken through the fashion industry into training and education, with experience gained coordinating and facilitatinggroup activities, community, TAFE programs and developingpersonalised student learning plans.
My creative energies continue to flourish with interests in visual arts and crafts including felting, millinery and free form knitting. Yes free form, after all who wants to follow a pattern over the freedom of going where the project wants to take me.
My passion is to share the knowledge that I have, providing well-being programs, support and counselling for a diverse group of people. I bring to my practice commitment to an empathetic person-centred approach. I support my work with an intuitive and genuine curiosity, use of multi-modal creative arts and the experience of professionally companioning you as my client.