Not everything can be expressed through our words. In the absence of words, the question is how do we help people who come through our doors find solace? Can therapy be done void of words? The solution is through Art.
EMCC intends to introduce Art Therapy for our beneficiaries and this will parallel our existing suite of services. This will benefit children especially, some of whom may portray anger and confusion and are unable to articulate how they feel towards trauma or incidents happening in their life such as a divorce.
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that allows creative expression of one’s experience through art-making within a therapeutic relationship; essentially, letting their art do the ‘talking’. It processes and improves an individual’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Depending on the goals and experiences of the individuals, a variety of art mediums can be employed to access their deeper thoughts and feelings which creates an outlet for nonverbal expression. Grounded in evidence-based and practice-based research, an Art Therapist will support the process of finding meaning and exploring ways to facilitate growth.
Individuals do not need to know how to draw or paint to do Art Therapy, it uses the art process instead of the art product for intervention. In the local context, Art Therapy has been adopted in various settings such as hospitals, elderly centres, schools, and various non-profit organisations.
Art Therapy has been proven effective for intervention with children. It empowers them to work on the issues they face. Children benefit from Art Therapy in the following areas:
- Regulates emotions (anger, frustration, depression, grief, loss, disappointment)
- Manages impulsivity and distractibility
- Increases focus and attention span
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Fosters self-esteem and self-awareness
- Enhances interpersonal skills
- Builds communication skills
- Promotes better decision-making and problem-solving skills
- Cultivates emotional resilience
- Improves cognitive and sensory-motor functions
- Encourages personal growth
ART THERAPY AT EMCC
Starting this August, EMCC is offering Art Therapy for children between 4 to 12 years old. We would like to introduce our Art Therapist, Ms Ann Lui, who has completed her 2-years Master in Arts (Art Therapy) programme and is a registered Art Therapist. Together, we aim to enter the world of distressed children and bring about positive change in their lives.
To celebrate the introduction of this new service offering, we are giving a special rate of $100 per Art Therapy session from now to the end of the year 2018.
Make an appointment now to enjoy the special rate and more importantly, for your child to experience growth in a fun way!