YES! “A Picture Paints a Thousand Words”
by Frederick R. Barnard (1921).
No! You don’t need to be an artist to participate in Drawing Therapy.
In fact stick figures are fine.
With drawing we are simply accessing the brain from a different perspective, more from the right-brain creative side rather than the left-brain analytical side.
Drawing therapy is a simple way of exploring your words, images and feelings to access your different parts and work with the emotions affecting those parts. By accessing the underlying parts of the subconscious mind the drawings provide new tools and a greater understanding of your therapeutic needs.
The process flows easily and provides a natural pathway to resolution of issues, allowing a release as the problems are externalised onto the paper. The image becomes like a mirror that enables you to view thoughts, patterns and behaviours from a more objective position, which enables you to change your perception of yourself, your experiences, and your emotions, opening up your world to a range of new possibilities.
Drawing allows you to switch and alternate easily between the left and right brain allowing you too safely and gently access and explore your subconscious and your internal resources adapting to your different levels of ability and readiness to reveal.
The paper is used as a tool to mediate and communicate with your therapist. Allowing the therapist rather quickly transform from surface level matters to the deeper core issues, this change can result in a type of cognitive rebalancing, that creates a positive reframing and bridges quickly across many problems, issues and differences.
As mentioned earlier, you do not need any artistic talent. We have no interest in creating a master piece, our aim is simply to keep the therapy directed within the therapeutic process, which is easily achieved when we are engaged within the work.
Drawing therapy is very broad in its application, it can be utilised with individuals, couples, families and also in group therapy. It is flexible and able to be used with all ages (including young children), it is suitable for use culturally as well as for short-term, crisis intervention and long-term developmental and therapeutic applications. Drawing Therapy Melbourne is particularly useful for the many clients, who for various reasons may not be verbally fluent.
If Drawing Therapy sounds appealing to you or if you have any questions relating to the therapy, please contact us for some assistance and guidance with how this therapy can be of assistance to you. Call Cas, Heather or one of the therapists or staff at CaS Therapy today on (03) 9397 0010 to discuss your needs today.