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Artistic Exploration & Art Therapy

Artistic Exploration & Art Therapy

Artistic Explorations in Adelaide, South Australia

H-L Therapy embraces creativity as an important part of our service. We believe that every person has at least a little bit of a creative streak within them, just waiting to be discovered and applied. Therefore, Artistic Exploration activities are interweaved in most H-Link services, including counseling, therapy, and recreational group programs.

Artistic Exploration as applied in H- L Therapy services is not about Art Therapy or developing artistic skills. It is not about whose artistic creation is better or worse because we are all individuals and express ourselves differently. The term Artistic Exploration refers to the practical use of art as a strategy for communicating, forming connections, sharing a common understanding, rapport and interest. It is about being absorbed in a meaningful activity, whilst having fun along the way.

Clients’ Participation in Artistic Exploration By H-L Therapy Activities

Clients participating in Artistic Exploration by H-L Therapy activities are all doing well, regardless of previous experiences, abilities, and skill levels because the focus is not on producing masterpieces but on having fun in a supportive, non-judgemental environment. Bonding through artistic exploration in a group setting offers the opportunity for participants to meet and interact with other people who may later become good friends.

H-L Therapy also often uses Artistic Exploration to assist in communication during therapy and counseling sessions. By expressing themselves artistically, clients are often better able to communicate their thoughts, feelings, and emotions. This type of artistic communication is useful for shy people, people with a wide range of disabilities who experience communication difficulties, or other people who find it hard to express their complex emotions. In situations like this, clients may be asked to draw a picture, write down their emotions, prepare and/or read a poem, prose, or listen to an inspirational story to assist them in conveying their thoughts, feelings, or abstract ideas that may otherwise be difficult to express verbally.

Other Benefits of Using Artistic Exploration as a Part of Hypno-Link Services Are To:

  • Strengthen focus and invoke relaxation responses (for example as a preparation for relaxation therapy or hypnotherapy sessions)
  • Supplement therapeutic approaches in H-L Therapy counselling and therapy sessions
  • Assist group participants in forming a better rapport and interest based social interaction between each other.
  • Offer the choice and opportunity for exploring creativity, experiment with different modes of artistic expressions and have fun.
  • Offer socially inclusive engagement in various multisensory projects.
  • Assist the discovery of new interests.
  • Assist a new, more positive meaning and understanding of one’s situation and that of the surrounding environment.
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Examples of Artistic Exploration activities offered by H-L Therapy

Drawing And Painting

 This activity may involve the use of crayons, pencils, water-based and oil pastels, acrylic, and ink painting, subject to the participants’ choice and preference. Mandalas coloring activities can also be facilitated for participants who require a more structured approach.

Listening To Music 

Both classical and modern music can be played, subject to the clients’ choice.

Singing / Voice Projection

This is a modality to enhance vocal and verbal expression and may involve vocal exercises, reading aloud, and/or singing.

Listening To Positive, Inspirational Stories

The stories are kept short and each of them has a moral which can later be further explored in discussions with client/s

Poetry and Story Writing 

The participants may be encouraged to write a story or a poem to express how they are feeling along with the deeper meaning they wish to convey

Acting

The clients may be asked to act out certain past events or conversations to make a better sense of them. It may assist them to use the role-play scenario to verbalize important messages they have for others but which they find challenging to communicate. Acting out the future events may also be facilitated as a means for a future rehearsal – to assist performance. Another example, where future rehearsal may be useful is as a graded desensitization strategy to address feared situations in the treatment of anxiety disorders

Art of Non-Verbal Expression

This involves practicing different body postures and gestures – to assist a better understanding of a close interconnection between the body, mind, and emotions. An example of this activity involves standing up straight and then slouching down and seeing how well one feels in either of these positions.

Craft Activities

This may include making simple home decoration items, decoupage, sensory play, Papier Mache, dough creations, and so forth.

All Artistic Exploration activities by H-L Therapy are mindfulness & relaxation activities because to participate in the clients need to be aware of what they are doing and therefore be fully present in ‘here and now. This has clear mental health benefits boosting our concentration and confidence levels, allowing us to distract from negative thoughts and feelings. Like other mindfulness activities, Artistic Exploration can be used as a self-management strategy for assisting anxiety and depression.

Drawing pictures in therapy. All pictures are published with full consent from participants.

Using music and drum shapes in therapy. All pictures published with participants’ consent.

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