Arts Psychotherapy benefits many people from a wide range of backgrounds. I am a professional Counsellor and Therapist, working in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. I provide therapeutic services to many clients, including:
- Any persons registered with NDIS (6 years – 65 years) who has a Care Plan,
- Anyone over 65 years who has a home care Commonwealth Government package,
- Those who have Medibank Private Cover,
- People from all cultures and backgrounds with different needs,
- Those who are Carers of anyone with a disability or an aged person.
My services are Autistic Friendly and my assistants are trained to support these clients. Potential clients can also be accommodated according to their financial circumstances. If it is a legal claim, I am happy to make a contractual arrangement for a delayed payment subject to the claim settlement or negotiate an amicable arrangement.
Most clients can access ongoing therapy which is incorporated into their yearly plan, which is flexible. We also offer a range of workshops that will interest various age groups and needs. Clients can choose to join one workshop or continuous one-on-one therapy which is tailored to suit individual goals and needs.
We warmly welcome participants to try Arts Psychotherapy Therapeutic Services with U B Free. We offer a range of topics to chose from, including: “How to reduce anxiety so you can be calmer”, which is offered in a private one-on-one therapy in the home. It can also be accessed at the U B Free office, or we can arrange to have it in a venue that provides a safe environment suitable for confidential therapy.
These activities enhance the health and well-being of participants. We value the input of family, carers, friends and community members who are involved in the participant’s life. If the participant chooses, this support group can also attend the first session of assessment.
What Happens During a Session?
This is a time for the participant to get to know me and for me to meet them and the other important people in their lives. At this time, I also explain what Arts Psychotherapy involves and then we can set some goals for their wellbeing. The sessions will end in a review report which can guide whether the participant is able to respond to this form of therapy. Providing the number of participants are 7 or 8, we can have a therapist assistant with these unique skills trained in Arts Psychotherapy.
As the Director at U B Free, I am the main therapist and am well-trained and educated in this area. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Counselling and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Arts Psychotherapy. I have also been a carer for many years and nurture a passion for helping people and supporting older people in our community. You are welcome to read more about me in great detail by clicking here.
I can also offer drama therapy for people over 65 years with a group of 7 or more. This is both therapeutic and fun and there are testimonies of people benefiting from this form of therapeutic expertise. I also have a lot of positive feedback from people who have engaged in workshops and one-on-one private therapy.
Positive Therapeutic Experiences
Some people who have experienced positive experiences as a result of the therapy with myself include:
- Males in Rehabilitation due to issues with drugs, alcohol, and gambling,
- A woman who has experienced domestic violence,
- A multicultural group transitioning from migration to Australia,
- A woman adjusting to having an injury,
- A woman suffering with general anxiety,
- Children who have experienced bullying, parents separating, and bereavement due to the loss of their grandparent and/or pets,
- A lady experiencing difficulty communicating with her mother,
- A parent battling with caring for her children,
- A lady struggling with a spiritual dilemma.
Arts Psychotherapy Benefits
Some of the benefits of Arts Psychotherapy include:
- It provides a way of externalizing pain and trauma,
- It is confidential and happens in a safe environment,
- The module used is reliable,
- It offers person-centred care,
- It is respectful of beliefs and culture,
- The price is reasonable for professional therapy,
- It taps into the unconscious and it can become conscious,
- It can increase awareness of oneself,
- It can help people see things from a different perspective,
- It can support healing from difficulty in childhood – repairing and reshaping attachment issues,
- It can support healing from life’s journey,
- It is kind on people’s emotions,
- It taps into the inner child,
- It can build self-confidence,
- It helps to release blockages and barriers in thinking,
- It can help shed some light on people facing a dilemma,
- The therapist can vary therapy and offer a combination of verbal counselling to compliment it,
- It is suited to all age groups,
- It is suitable for anyone under 65 years of age,
- It is covered financially by the government for people who have aged care packages or are supported with their disabilities through NDIS,
- It is evidence-based and is commonly used in the USA and the UK,
- Australia is now benefiting from this form of therapy which suits anyone in the world.
This therapy is effective and has been described as: