"Between my fingers I was holding and kneading a hard lump of mud ..... Do not say that I was playing, I was not playing, I was struggling, I was struggling to give the face of my soul to the mud"
N. Kazantzakis, Reference to Greco, 1961
The creativity in therapy
I am really happy to welcome you to my site and share with you my passion for art and therapy.
My name is Vicky and I work with children, adolescents and adults in order to help them unlock their feelings, get to know themselves better and feel relieved and liberated!
I hope you enjoy your time here and that you can feel my enthousiasm about the power of art and how you can benefit from it!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, I will be happy to help you.
What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary way of communication. It is a way of addressing emotional issues through art in a safe, relaxing and supportive environment. It can be particularly helpful for people who find it hard to express themselves verbally for different reasons.
Art therapy involves a variety of visual arts, for example painting, clay, crafts, collage, photography and writing as a way of understanding and expressing feelings and thoughts.
Art Therapy may be provided for groups or individuals depending on people's needs. An assessment might be necessary for deciding what is best in each case.
The greek word for drawing "ζωγραφίζω" could give the meaning of art therapy in a single word, as it is translated "I draw my life". Experiences from the past and present, dreams and fears for the future, thoughts, problems, ideas, anger, love and confusion can all be put on a piece of paper, on the floor, on the wall or elsewhere with the use of brushes, pens, clay, crafts or even just your hands!
Who consults an art therapist?
The people who consult art therapy often suffer from depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, panic attacks, or they are frustrated and feel lost and weak because of sudden changes in their professional or personal life.
The children I work with show signs such as strong and persistent emotions, frequent outbursts of anger, and social withdrawal. Children with autism, dyslexia and children who have gone through big changes in their lives can benefit from art therapy sessions too.
People who see an art therapist need not to have previous experience in art or be good at it. Art therapy is not an art class. It is a way of expressing feelings and unblocking people's potentials and not about making beautiful paintings! However, it is rather often that interesting pieces of art are created during the therapeutic sessions.
The role of the therapist
By using both hemispheres (the right hemisphere works with images and the left with logic and words) art therapy breaks and reveals our deepest thoughts and experiences.
The role of the art therapist is to encourage and direct the discovery of these thoughts as well as the ways to cope with them through the image created by the client. This triangular relationship (the therapist-the client-the image) also differs from other therapies and makes art therapy so unique.
More specifically, the role of the art therapist is:
Understanding the art process (use of art materials, significance of colours, size, proportion and relative position of component parts, missing parts)
Analysing the creations through questions
Reflecting on ideas and emotions.
Using verbal and non verbal communication (observing body language and listening to what is said)
Providing a trusting and facilitating environment in which we are able to safely express ourselves (meeting at the same time, same place with the same people)
Offering confidentiality (respecting and following the code of ethics)
Code of ethics
Choosing an art therapist is not so easy. Understanding, trust, confidentiality and a friendly atmosphere are some of the ingredients that build a successful therapeutic relationship. However, do not underestimate the typical qualifications that your therapist should have.