Our journey through life is filled with triumphs, failures, challenges, joys, and sorrows. Often the challenges we face today are to make us stronger to face our tomorrows. However, there are also times in our lives when facing a challenge, a crisis, or a sickness can emotionally and mentally weigh us down. It is then, that we need to seek help from our family and friends who will help us to rise above our circumstances. Nevertheless, in moments where one feels that you need an outlet other than your family and friends, approaching a therapist or counsellor can also be an answer.

Art Therapy is one such support, especially when you cannot express through words what you are going through. The Individual Art Therapy sessions conducted by Shimali, offers individuals a safe and non-judgmental environment to express their hearts out, in an artistic and creative manner. These sessions would offer them an experience of release and freedom from deep within, where they feel free from their cares, worries, and various stresses in life. Furthermore, Art Therapy would help individuals to gain insight, resolve their internal conflicts, experience stress relief, increase self-awareness and develop coping mechanisms.

Shimali has had experience working with the following clientele:

  • Individuals experiencing depression
  • Individuals experiencing suicidal tendencies
  • Individuals experiencing symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Individuals who are experiencing grief and loss
  • Those experiencing psychosomatic issues
  • Those diagnosed with a terminal illness, dementia etc.
  • Adults, teenagers and children experiencing trauma due to abuse etc.
  • Adults, teenagers and children experiencing anxieties, fears, and various stressors
  • Children experiencing learning and or behavioral problems
  • Children experiencing family transitions, such as divorce of parents
  • Single mothers and their toddlers
  • Caregivers experiencing compassion fatigue

Attending weekly Individual Art Therapy sessions would bring growth, healing and restoration in life, and enable the individual to rise above their challenging circumstances.

 

The Process of Art Therapy

Therapy does not involve “instant treatment or solutions” but is a process of moments of change. The first moment of change involves seeking help, a big step towards accepting one’s situation  and beginning the process of healing.The course of Art Therapy would involve the following aspects;

The First Meeting: This is where the therapist would meet with the client or the parent of the client in order to gather the facts which includes the reason for referral, history taking, treatment plan, assessment of the client, and deciding on the Art Therapy goals.

The Art Therapy Sessions: This would begin with the following sessions and would last from a few months to a couple of years depending on the reason for referral.
•  Preparation for Endings: Endings play an equally important role in the Therapy treatment plan as this is what brings closure not only to the client but also to the therapist. When the treatment goals have been met and the therapist feels the client has achieved the full status of well-being the Therapist will begin to prepare the client for  endings in the remaining sessions. This is when the process of therapy will be complete.