We are a team of art psychotherapists who are dedicated to providing client-centered therapeutic services and creative psychological interventions. Through the use of art media and the creative process, we endeavor to support our clients by fostering self-awareness and empowerment to enhance the quality of their lives.
Daylight Creative Therapies respects and upholds the value of each individual’s uniqueness by focusing creatively on varied inner resources of each client and their experiences. We strive to develop our company ethically and with integrity through continued learning and by working closely with other allied health professionals to promote mental wellness and advancement in our field.
We, at Daylight Creative Therapies, aim to provide a safe and supportive space for clients to express themselves while maintaining ethical codes of practice as stated in the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association code of ethics. We believe in the potential for positive change by providing a caring, confidential and integral service where our clients emotional, mental, physical and spiritual well-being are validated and supported. We strive to maintain a professional relationship with each of our clients and respect the rights and views of other mental health professionals. We continue to evaluate our personal limitations, strengths, biases, and effectiveness on an ongoing basis for the purpose of self-improvement and our clients’ well-being. Our team endeavours to support and enrich our community through social action and engagement. Our belief is in the power of creative art expression to foster clarity, promote healing and encourage growth within our clients lives.
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy, which involves clients using art materials for expressive purposes to facilitate insight and emotional well-being within a therapeutic relationship with an art therapist. Images created in therapy offer the client a focal point in which to examine and become more aware of their inner selves. Both client and art therapist work alongside each other to develop and explore the clients’ art process and form.
Art therapy is a dynamic process that utilises creativity in varied areas from self-perception to how we relate to others. Creativity encourages us to actively seek new frontiers of knowledge, and in an art therapeutic setting, gives us a glimpse into our memories, emotions, cognition, dreams, and the unfettered human spirit.
Art therapy stands out as it values creativity in all bio-psychosocial domains within a therapy session; to be creative is to dare to overcome limitations, to challenge one’s self, to discover something new, to be inventive, or to reinvent one’s personal narrative.
What Are The Benefits of Art Therapy?
- Art therapy promotes personal growth and insight by enabling creative self-expression and communication through the use of a range of art materials and techniques.
- Promotes emotional well-being (increase in self-confidence, self-image, creative problem-solving skills).
- Encourages a sense of achievement/social recognition.
- Promotes mindfulness as an encounter that is both engaging and intense.
- Art can be used as a form of non-verbal communication.
- Art making can be helpful in gradually establishing perceptual order and clarity.
- Creative expression that occurs in art therapy has enduring influences on the brain.
- During the art-making process, bilateral activation occurs in the brain.
- Art making produces symbolic representation, which requires the ability for abstract thinking. The process involves the interaction of multiple neural systems, such as: the motor and sensory systems (hand-eye coordination) together with systems involving emotions, cognition and long-term memory.
- Creative image making in art therapy involves the use of our five senses and kinesthetic movements. These movements and actions can have therapeutic value.
- The action involved in expressing creativity through art synchronizes the body with psychosocial and feeling states. This synchronicity leads to a better regulation of affect.
- Art therapy allows for new information to be processed in the brain and provides a platform for clients to express their emotions through the manipulation of art media and symbolical interpretation of their own experiences.
How Can Art Therapy Help You?
- Recognise and manage emotional conflict
Conflicts (such as childhood trauma, sexual conflict, relationship issues, etc.) can be a strong art motive. One of the fundamental motives of art is the communication with others and the sharing of feelings. With that, emotional realities may be expressed, explored, and transformed into personally meaningful action within a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship
- Restore order and balance
As human beings, we are constantly on the move and trying to make sense of our lives. Through art making in therapy, one engages in a dynamic and emotionally charged process that encourages organization and the expression of feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations that enable interpersonal experiences to be explored in a safe therapeutic space.
- Support Competency/Mastery
In a therapeutic context, quality does not refer to how well art is made but rather how personal efforts and processes give value to your life through making art. It is less about technical mastery and more about the process of living and the pursuit of personal truths/passions
- Encourage self-exploration=
Art creation may be used as a problem-solving activity – stimulating conscious thought, making sense of feelings, and resolving uncertainty
- Provide emotional support
Art therapy may be used to support difficult emotions such as anger, grief or fear. The mystery and tragedy of life may provoke spiritual dimensions accessed through the creation or viewing of artwork. Clients may be reassured that fears and fantasies can be shared, confronted, and managed through their creative expression and acceptance by the therapist.