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There’s no need to pay $50, $75 or even $100+ dollars to sort through your thoughts and emotions because Gippsland Lakes Complete Health (GLCH) are kicking off their popular Art Therapy program in April – and sessions are just $15!

What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is based on the idea that a creative act can be healing as it can help you express hidden emotions; reduce stress, fear, and anxiety; and provide a sense of freedom. Art Therapy can also help you manage physical and emotional problems by enabling you to express your emotions through creative activities. It can help you come to terms with emotional conflicts, increase self-awareness, and express unspoken or even unconscious concerns about issues or stress that may be going on in your life.

The name “Art Therapy” can cause confusion – it’s important to understand these sessions are not art classes where you’ll learn how to paint or draw, and Art Therapy is not about what’s produced. Instead, it’s simply about allowing your thoughts and emotions to flow freely, in a comfortable, non-intimidating, confidential and highly supportive group environment. For this reason, you don’t need to have any artistic talent or ability to participate in Art Therapy.

Over time, the result of this process is that you’ll learn how to better connect with your emotions and gain clarity around your thoughts and behaviours.

Who is Art Therapy for?

Art Therapy is conducted worldwide with great success, particularly among people who are undertaking another form of therapy at the same time.

“Art Therapy is ideal for people who want or need to work through some emotions, but who don’t want to sit and talk about their feelings,” explains Andrea Farley, GLCH’s qualified Art Therapist. “Our program provides people with a safe place to express and release their emotions, which is an environment that is entirely confidential and free from judgment.”

The Art Therapy program will be held in Lakes Entrance every Tuesday from 1pm to 2.30pm for 8 weeks, starting on 23rd April.  To find out more contact our Health Promotion team on 5155 8370.