Elaine Sullivan (Camlin) brings together a passion for printmaking and community to create a safe space to explore Creative Arts Therapy. Unique State is a place to collaborate, communicate and promote creative well-being, with social groups providing space to work alongside peers.
WHAT IS CREATIVE ART THERAPY?
Trained Art Therapists facilitate the exploration of feelings, improve self-awareness and reduce anxiety with creative processes, including drawing, writing, clay, drama, and movement. Participants are guided to explore and express feelings that may be difficult to articulate in words and to find new pathways to healing. A Creative Arts Therapy session is therefore quite different to an art class or lesson.
These methods are innovative, participatory and practical: they provide a supportive space for participants to 'try on' and practise new behaviours, and this can be more effective than merely talking about change. Creativity harnesses the imagination and a sense of play. This can help those who have limited choices in their life to use the safe space of the therapeutic environment and want to:
learn to tolerate the uncertainty of the unknown, and
become more comfortable to be able to improvise and
open up new possibilities in their lives.
My approach to art therapy is shaped by a background in visual arts, with each session valuing the use of materials and play. I understand the importance of creative well-being and art for health, with experience working with children in foster care, working with artists at The Art Factory: Supported Studio, multicultural communities, in education systems, and fostering creativity for young families through the Young at HeART program at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.
My own art practice values mark-making as a meditative activity, with regular creativity helping to regulate the fluctuations of life. I am a current professional member of the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA), the peak professional body representing creative arts therapists in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia/Pacific region.
Unique State is currently taking on new Community Groups, NDIS participants and private clients. Register your interest in Art Therapy and contact Elaine for further information.