Mental Health

Art is a voice

“I make art when I can't gather the words to say.”- Nikki Rowe

Art therapy uses the process of art-making to assist individuals and groups in improving or restoring their emotional well-being. Art therapy is rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being.

The Creative Therapies for Mood Disorders Group, one of the Deakin Private Day Programs, offers a specialised form of therapy in which participants, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behaviour, develop social skills, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.

Participants may find themselves feeling isolated with the desire to relate and connect with others. The group is a safe space to deepen your understanding of self, while also feeling the connection and support of others with similar experiences or goals. With the creative process at the core of the experience each week groups will explore a specific challenge. The Art Therapist will encourage self-care and awareness while offering clients creative tools to transform and heal.

“The task of therapy is not to eliminate suffering but to give a voice to it, to find a form in which it can be expressed. Expression is itself transformation; this is the message that art brings.” 
-Stephen Levine       

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