Art Therapy is something we are very passionate about! We love it so much that we have designed our classes around some of the fundamental approaches and also offer private classes specialising in art therapy.
I (Tammy) have experienced art as therapy myself and see it on an almost daily basis in my studio. There is now a truckload of research that supports the fact that engaging in the arts (including music, dance etc.) can assist healing, recovery, and even memory impairment. Art can be a tool for communication, reflection, reducing anxiety, anger management and a way of dealing with inner emotions. I am so excited that art is finally being recognized as a genuine therapy and that hospitals, aged care facilities and mental health teams now include qualified art therapists. Art therapists are now viewed as valued members within these teams.
We now offer art therapy classes for children and adults which are private classes that are specifically designed for the individual or family. We work with the client and allow them to explore emotions and feelings through art play, creating and mindfulness.
During our first session with children we often very gently explore some basic mediums with no reference to their current situation and emotions, allowing the client to feel comfortable in our studio and with our therapists. This allows us to establish a relationship with them and build a platform of trust. Often the reason they are coming to see us surfaces during this session. We can then recommend a short-term plan to establish trust and build confidence and rapport while exploring areas of stress, anxiety and/or trauma.
Tammy holds a Therapeutic Art Diploma from Renaissance Training Academy in the UK, and has completed a 14 hour workshop in Sand Play Therapy – A Gestalt Approach, at the Gestalt Art Therapy Centre in Brisbane. She is currently adding to her experience and knowledge in this field by undertaking a Diploma in Art Therapy (to be completed in December) and is currently offering therapeutic art therapy sessions, integrating activities with drawing, painting, clay, collage and sand.
Therapeutic Art therapy classes with Tammy are $66 (inclusive GST) per hour.
We now have a fully qualified Art Therapist Kirsi on board also, who is available for booking at the studio or for mobile visits!
Kirsi is a qualified Art Therapist and Social Worker with over 10 years of experience is various fields including case work and counselling with children, young people, adults, separated families, people with mental health issues, people with trauma background, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She works part-time in the mental health field as a Wellbeing Support Coordinator for a NFP organisation. She has also started providing private art therapy sessions for individuals and small groups in Springwood and surrounding areas on Thursdays and Fridays either at our studio (Tammy’s Art Studio) or in a mobile capacity in south Brisbane and Logan areas through her private art therapy practice ‘Beauty, Forgiveness, Healing’. Kirsi is also studying towards a Certificate in Clay Field Therapy and will provide Clay Field sessions half price for the next few months.
Kirsi’s recent qualifications include a Bachelor of Human Services (Griffith University, 2009), Post Graduate Certificate in Mental Health, majoring Art Therapy (University of Queensland, 2013), Masters in Social Work Studies (Qual.) (University of Queensland, 2016) and a Masters in Mental Health, majoring Art Therapy (University of Queensland, 2017)
Kirsi integrates various other therapy and counselling models throughout her practice depending on her client’s needs. Please check Kirsi’s website https://beautyforgivenesshealing.com for more information. Enquiries and bookings currently only through emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism and Private Tuition
Tammy has received specialist training with Education Queensland on teaching children with Autism. This included training for identifying and adapting to children with challenging behaviours. More recently teaching hundreds of students in her studio in the last 3 years, she has developed more-in depth skills on teaching kids with ASD, but more than that a passion to have these kids enjoy what all children love – building confidence through creativity!
Our goal is to allow all children to participate in our general classes without segregation if appropriate. From time to time if sensory or social issues are impediments for a child to participate in a normal class we offer private tuition.
The duration of these classes depend on each situation, and are charged at $55 (inclusive GST) per hour one on one including all supplies. We offer a free trail class for all ASD students before recommending a curriculum plan outline to the relevant care-givers.