What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is a very young profession, yet for thousands of years art has been used to express emotional, cultural and spiritual needs.
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy. It is not about learning art techniques or the production of aesthetically pleasing pictures, nor are special artistic skills or talents relevant to the process.
Art Therapists are trained at Masters Level and are registered with a professional body: ANZATA, The Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association
Art Therapy is suitable for all age groups and is practiced in a variety of mental health institutions, also in prisons, nursing homes and schools. It has proved a valuable therapeutic tool for those who have suffered emotional, substance and sexual abuse. It is used in the context of family therapy, social work, counselling and personal development.
Drawing, painting and sculpting can be a way to find intuitive answers to unresolved questions. They can provide nurturing, structure and inspiration in times of stress, burnout and disease. It can heal old wounds, transform emotional turbulence and show the way out of spiritual depression.
Art Therapy, similar to music therapy and drama therapy, has the invaluable advantage of allowing expression without words.
Art Therapy can offer a range of different art making tools:
- working with chalk crayons and oil pastels
- finger paints, water-colours and acrylics
- mask making
- sand play
- even computers and photography
Visual tools such as magazine pictures, photographs, Tarot cards, Angel Cards, toy figures can stimulate the inner process, and can be combined with the art making process.
Many art therapists will in addition use counselling techniques based on:
- Narrative Therapy
- Process Oriented Therapy
- Active Imagination
- Gestalt Therapy
- Myths and Fairytales
- Jungian Depth Psychology
- Transpersonal Psychology
Private Practice & Certified Training Program
Cornelia Elbrecht has a private practice and provides a certified training program in art therapy.
Cornelia's training courses and workshops take place at Claerwen Retreat in Apollo Bay, Victoria, and in several other cities in Australia. She also works each year in Europe.
News & Updates
- April 2013: Cornelia will be one of three guest speaskers at the 2013 International Conference on Art Therapy in China in May this year. For more information visit the conference website.
- October 2012: Cornelias new publication can be ordered, click here to download an order form for Australian purchases. Click to read reviews and testimonials.
- November 2010: The DVD of the Masterclass with Heinz Deuser is now available, please enquire via the website or contact Cornelia directly.