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Let go of the chaos with art therapy

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We’re getting ready to deliver their next eight week art therapy program in Lakes Entrance starting later this month and are putting a call out for participants.

“Art therapy offers a way to unblock emotional expression without having to sit and talk about feelings,” said Andrea Farley, qualified Art Therapist at GLCH.  “Our sessions provide people with a safe place to express and release emotions – a place where stress levels go down and feelings of confidence and happiness grow.

The Art Therapy Association defines art therapy as, a creative process in which the resulting artwork is used to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behaviour and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.

Ms Farley facilitates the art therapy sessions which gently support participants to create, explore and find insight into their creations helping participants understand certain aspects of themselves that maybe they didn’t know existed. “Art work is seen as a reflection or extension of its creator, it is used as a means of communication,” Andrea explained. “Interesting trends can appear as you let go of the chaos and let your creative flag fly.”

You don’t have to have any artistic skills to benefit from art therapy because it’s not the finished product that matters – it’s the process!  “Our program includes a variety of exciting activities that are non-threatening, self-explorative and fun – being ‘arty’ is definitely not essential.”

Our art therapy program is open to all adults residing in East Gippsland.  Places are limited so contact Andrea today on 5155 8320 to register your interest.  Click HERE to view flyer.