Express the inexpressible through art therapy

What is art therapy?

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary – Pablo Picasso

Art therapy combines art and psychology to help people discover their voice, even when words are hard to find. Working with an art therapist in a creative process allows individuals to connect with their inner selves, giving voice to thoughts that were previously hidden. This method provides a safe space to explore emotions and thoughts, grow self-awareness, and address unresolved emotional issues and past traumas. It’s a beautiful way to express oneself.

What are the benefits of art therapy?

Art therapy has huge benefits, with many people claiming to feel a difference even after one session. Art therapy can often help with anxiety, depression, stress, focus issues, cancer, eating disorders, cognitive impairments, relationship issues, and much more. It also helps to:

  • Access experiences and emotions that words may struggle to capture.
  • Achieve relaxation and stress reduction.
  • Elevate your self-awareness and self-esteem.
  • Facilitate healing from traumatic experiences.
  • Address behaviours and symptoms effectively.
  • Approach problem-solving from a fresh perspective.
  • Attain a deeper comprehension of your own identity.

Do I need to be creative?

Art therapy is for everyone, regardless of their art skills. It’s suitable for people of all ages, and you don’t need to be an artist to enjoy its benefits. Picture a child engrossed in creating art – they don’t worry about their artistic abilities, they simply enjoy the process. Have you ever interacted with a child during playtime? You get honest answers because they’re relaxed through their creative play.

Art therapy isn’t about the final artwork. It’s about the journey of creating it and what you discover about yourself along the way.

Initially, art therapy might feel a bit unfamiliar because it’s a different way of communicating, but it quickly becomes a natural and valuable outlet for most people.

What is the difference between Sensorimotor and Initiative Art Therapy?

Sensorimotor Art Therapy is a bottom-up approach where participants keep their eyes closed, allowing them to feel the experience before articulating it in words.

In contrast, Initiative Art Therapy is a top-down approach conducted with open eyes. The term “initiatic” is derived from initiation, signifying an awakening of the senses and inner perception.

Although many associate art therapy with children, the primary focus is often on adults. Both approaches offer similar benefits:

  • They engage the unconscious mind and the soul.
  • They are trauma-focused, aiding in the repair of developmental stages.

Our services extend to NDIS clients who are self-funded or plan managed. 


We’ll help you understand and heal yourself

Heal yourself with us

Located in the stunning Coolangatta area, the Holistic Therapies Centre has been a fixture of the Southern Gold Coast for 18 years. It’s a place where massage, art therapy, and Cymatic Resonance Therapy come together to offer a unique healing experience. Our art therapy sessions provide a secure and nurturing space to help you convey the inexpressible, cope with stress and challenges, enhance self-awareness, and expedite your recovery.



Treatment Length
Art Therapy
60 min
Guided Drawing
60 min
Clayfield Therapy
60 min


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