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Creative Art Therapy

What is Art Therapy

Art Therapy is a psychotherapy and physiotherapy program that uses ART for general well-being, recovery from illness and mental health improvement. Art therapy can provide a person or team to build inner strength, resilience, resourcefulness, mindfulness, healing and recovery. Art Therapy touches both physical and psychological part of the mind and body. Indeed, Art Therapy using visual language for expression, process and product.

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Art Therapy uses creative form of visual for expression and as a treatment process for mental illness. We integrate Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Cognitive Therapy into Art Therapy program. Our Art Therapist is a trained Master-level clinical professional with over 10 years of experience. Indeed, our Art Therapy has proven with many benefits and positive outcome for people from all ages.

Art Therapy is not..

It is not an Art Therapy for the following: doing colouring, art class lessons, art and craft activities, attending art workshop, visiting art museum or art exhibition, art competition, helping someone making art, wall painting or mural, and of course, doing art therapy without the facilitation from a master-level trained Art Therapist.

Brief History of Art Therapy

Art Therapy started in United States and United Kingdom around 1940s. In 1941, Psychologist Margaret Naumburg (USA) studied the expressions of unconscious in art (mother of art therapy). Edith Kramer Art as Therapy approach. 1942: British artist Adrian Hill discovered the healthful benefits of painting and drawing while recovering from tuberculosis. Edward Adamson studied the connection between artistic expression and emotional release. Since then..Art Therapy has been widely recognized and growing as a clinical mental health profession. In fact, there are so many sub-category of Art Therapy to incorporate Play, Music, Movement, Drama, etc..
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Art can be (in) or (as) Therapy and combined with psychology, counselling, and as an alternative medicine.

Art Therapy Goals

To connect personal or group of individuals through art and creativity. To use art as a form of relaxation, stress release, self awareness, gaining insight, finding strength, wellness, healing and treatment. To use art as therapy help in search of inner resources, team energy, team resources management, group dynamic and bonding.

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To create bonding among group members. To enhance personality and improve quality of life. To use art therapy as core psychological treatment for issues such as anger, inappropriate behaviours, depression, anxiety, fear, withdrawal, school bully, cyber bully, stress, trauma, sleep disorder, eating disorder, etc.

Art Therapy modality

To use art therapy with mindfulness and meditation for therapeutic experience, spiritual journey and help in any healing or recovery from any illness. To connect to authentic, creative and truthful self to build our mind and body health and wellness.

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To discover and in search of our strength, talents, creativity and inner resources in order to help us cope with life challenges. To develop team collaboration, team building and interpersonal bonding. To maximize our full potential through personal growth, awareness, transformation, reflection and insights. 

Why Art Therapy

Art Therapy is a safe and effective form of psychotherapy and mental wellness service. It is proven scientifically for self care, personal awareness, wellness, mindfulness,  teamworks, and healing. Art Therapy can help us reintegrate, reorganize, rewire and increase our cognitive development. It is also an important means for human development, bonding and quality of life.

Medium of Art Therapy

Indeed, Art Therapy is well suited to balance our lives, to improve the quality of life, to heighten awareness, to express, to bond, to strengthen a team, to find new ideas, to find strength, to resolve conflict or mental disorders, to heal mind and body, and many others. 

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 "The arts can help keep us well, aid our recovery and support longer lives better lived. The arts can help meet major challenges facing health and social care: ageing, longterm conditions, loneliness and mental health. The arts can help save money in the health service and social care. U.K. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW), 2017. "

For Who

Art Therapy is for people from all ages: children and adult; personal or group, individual or family; senior adults (Geriatric). No prior knowledge of art background is required to do Art Therapy. It is because ART Therapy is not about making nice drawing or painting.. it is about expression.

Benefits of Art Therapy

Art Therapy is proven to benefits people from all ages. The demand for Art Therapy is increasing because of the benefits are significiant. Here are some benefits of Art Therapy:

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Benefits for the Young


Children will find visual communication comfortably because of limited vocabulary. They can express fully especially when words are not enough. Art Therapy helps children to process experience, including event, learning journey, social interaction, trauma, etc. It also reduce stress, stay focus and be calm when encountering anxiety or difficult feelings. In additional, Art Therapy helps children improve skills: problem solving, cognitive, observation, fine motor, etc.
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Art Therapy can increase self-esteem, self-confidence and self awareness of children. It help them to regulate emotions and self control. With the integration of Cogntive Behavioral Therapy, children can develop better social skills, appropriate behaviors and be a better person. For younger adult or teenagers, ART Therapy can be a therapeutic channel of expression of these adolescents to deal with their growing issues, struggles and entering adulthood. 

Benefits for Adult


Art Therapy can help adult to find a balancing in work life, family and personal self care. Indeed, a picture is worth a thousand words. Adult will be able to reflect their life and related struggles or issues to improve their mental wellness. Art Therapy can release inner and deeper emotions. It help them relax, rejuvenate and recharge.
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Art Therapy is a channel to take stock of life journey, review, reflect and find resolution for any challenges or past issues. Adult with family to care for will find Art Therapy can be a therapeutic channel to express their anxiety, stress and find coping skills. Adult may use Art Therapy to find their inner strength, resilience and increase their inner resources.

Benefits for Senior Adult


There are many significiant benefits that Art Therapy can provide to older adults. Studies have found that seniors who do Art Therapy have fewer doctor’s visits, better physical health, and require less medication. They also fall sick less frequently. One study connected art to decreased rates of loneliness and depression, along with better hand dexterity and higher morale. Art therapy is a creative way for seniors to manage pain and stress and deal with memory loss. 
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Art Therapy stimulated mental function in older adults with dementia. Art Therapy research indicated a reduction in depression in Parkinson patients. Reduced stress and pain for seniors
Art Therapy also improved their mind and hands co-ordination, increased communication and socialization, reduced depression, improved brain function. Art therapy gets through to people with Alzheimer’s by exploiting parts of the brain with the least impairment. A decrease in frailty and an increase in physical ability and decreases pain from diseases such as Arthritis.

Benefits for Team or Family Bonding


Art Therapy can provide a space for team or family members get to know each others from different perspectives. The creative part of each members make bonding special and be connected in a unique way. Art Therapy increases the team cohesiveness, exploring solutions, creative problem solving, generates ideas, peer supporting and at the same time, have fun together doing Art.
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Other Benefits of Art Therapy


Healing in physical illnesses maybe done in Art Therapy by strengthening our mind or resolving psychological conflicts. Art Therapy relieves tension, anxiety, fear and worry. Art Therapy helps us relax and heal the mind, body and spirit. Art Therapy helps us release repressed feelings and emotions. Art Therapy provide us the freedom to express feelings in a non-threatening way and when words are not enough. Art Therapy stimulates creative thinking and problem sovling. Art Therapy is an active form of Mindfulness Therapy where you focus on the art making and your art work. Art Therapy helps finding inner resources to cope with stress from school, work and life. It is therefore essential to keep a healthy balance through Art Therapy.

Effectiveness of Art Therapy

The effectiveness of Art Therapy will depend on three main factors: (1) The experience and training of the Art Therapist. (2) The response from participants (patients/clients) (3) The environment and resources available.  
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Art Therapist has the know-how providing you appropriate intervention to help resolving your issues or treating your mental illness according to your readiness. Art Therapy can therefore be highly effective when you have sufficient art making with help and intervention from Art Therapist. 
Our Art Therapist - Mr. Paul Lee is a Master-level trained clinical professional in Art Therapy and has over 10 years of experience.

Treatment Purpose

Art Therapy is for expressing ourselves creatively and visually. It is good for mental wellness and mindfulness. Art Therapy can be used to treat the following issues and illnesses such as anxiety, fear, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, insomnia, hyper tension, addiction, stress disorder, trauma recovery, cancer survival and recovery, migraine, development delay, attention-deficit deficiency, anger management, bipolar disorder, hallucination, and any other mental disorders.  

Methodologies

Our approach and methodologies are proven scienitifcally and clinically. Most important of all, the art therapist has experience in a wide variety of art form, medium and materials for different purpose, culture and participants needs.


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Expressive Art Therapy

We incorporate Expressive Art Therapy into the process. You can learn how to express yourself through art and different medium. Expressive Art Therapy is an effective channel of creative expression of your feelings.

Mindfulness Art Therapy
We practice and engage Mindfulness Art Therapy through the use of art and creativity to find peace, purpose and wellness. Mindfulness Therapy aims to provide the practice and learning how to be use art as mindfulness source for good health and wellness.


Creativity-Juice

Creativity-Juice program is introduced throughout the Creative Art Therapy to facilitate members creative thinking, creative problem-solving and visual thought process. This is essential for Creative Art Therapy to engage the active part of our creative self to feel fresh and think differently. Creativity-Juice is to use to remove our mental blocks in order to recover and heal from psychological and physical wounds.

Origami as Therapy
Origami as Therapy is using the craft of paper folding to engage mind and body for mindfulness, wellness and relaxation. It can be used for Mindfulness practice and for participants who are familiar with this folk art. The unique Therapy is created by Art Therapist Paul Lee and he coined it as MINDrigami.

Therapy through Origami

Positive Psychology

We focus on the use of Positive Psychology during Creative Art Therapy process and treatment. Positive psychology is a scientific way to embrace strength of a person or group and using this strength as the source for wellness and treatment.
Prevention and Treatment of Dementia

Art Therapy can be used to improve our memory, brain health and as Dementia prevention. Indeed, Art Therapy can slow down the disease affecting our brain and possibility reverse them.


Visual Language

Art therapy uses visual art as a main language of communication and verbal language is a secondary form of communication during art therapy. Visual and symbolic expression gives voice to experience and empowers transformation. Art Therapy allows difficult feelings to be expressed in a safe and supportive environment. It is a visual language embraces many different level of expression.

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Medium

Art Therapy treatment involves several and a wide range of medium to cater for diferent needs, safety, healing stages and readiness. Some of the art materials are Pastels, Watercolour, Sketching pencils, Coloured pencils, Tempera paint, Poster Paint, Clay, Acrylic paint, Origami Papers, Natural resources, Collages, etc.


Art Therapy Modality

Fee per Session and Duration

S$80/= nett for any drop-in session as trial or assessment. S$30/= for Registration. S$218/= for a block of 4 sessions. Each session is one and a half hour. Excluding art materials. Please bring your own art materials. 
Each package of 4 sessions to be completed within 30 days, otherwise, it will be expired and forfeited.

Booking

Booking is required in advanced for any Art Therapy session. 

Payment and Sign up


Payment only in Singapore currency. PayNow: 8125-4923 (Paul Lee @ UniqArts)

Confidentiality

By default, Art Therapy session is private and  confidential. Unless otherwise they might be harmful or post a danger to self, group, any person or the public. Written consent will be obtained to release any of the artworks, photography, video or any information in relation to the process and product of the session to the public.

Customised Art Therapy

We provide customised Art Therapy for specific objective and need such as  Anger management, Stress Management, Cognitive Behavorial Therapy through art therapy, team bonding, family harmony, stress reduction, personal therapy, etc.

The Art Therapist

It is not an art therapy without an Art Therapist. It is because the skills, knowledge, training and experience of an art therapist is essential to facilitate, support, provide appropriatre treatment, intervention and for long term positive result. Verbal communication is secondary in art therapy session because ART is a visual communication. Indeed, the Art Therapist can provide insights and accurate information about the art that you have created. Art is also an effective form of expression and communication. Clients can choose whether sharing about their artworks to the therapistOutcome of the therapy can be immediate or subtle after session when participants feel better or change for better. Indeed, many participants will experience physical illnesses being healed permanently. For children, outcome can be evidenced by their family members or school teachers. Once treatment is successful, participants will move on to their lives or use art as therapy for long term wellness. Our Art Therapist is a person with master level of art therapy training, deep knowhow of the medium and experience using ART as a modality and treatment.

Art Therapist Credentials

Art Therapy program and treatment are facilitated by Mastered level Art Therapist - Mr. Lee Thiam Seng (Paul). Mr. Lee is an artist, art therapist and consultant. He is the founder of UniqArts and Technologies in 1995. Mr. Lee holds a Master of Arts Art Therapy from LaSalle College of the Arts and a Bachelor Degree in Management from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia.  He has been practicing Art Therapy since 2009. His experience including individual and group art therapy treatment for pupils at Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), women with breast cancer at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), psychotic patients at Changi General Hospital (CGH) Psychiatric Ward, older adults (geriatric) at Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital's (KWSH) Day Rehabilitative Center and Geriatric Day Hospital (GDH) at CGH. Mr. Lee conducted a research at KKH with Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for his Art Therapy masters thesis: "Art Therapy as a Modality of Healing in Stages - For Women with Breast Cancer." Mr. Lee also integrated Taichi exercise with Art Therapy, Team Building through art and creativity and Healing Art Therapy. Read more about Art Therapist Mr. Paul Lee

Testimonials

"I feel that the program helps me to relax, go inside my heart to release something. Instructor (art therapist) gave comments about my strengths that I never think of. Gave me new perspective on myself. The tools are sufficient to use."
"It was interesting how the things we draw shows our inner self. It was also fun to just let go and draw whatever we want. It is useful for people to express themselves."
"I have eczema on my right hand. I have been suffering from it for 4 decades. Applied medication could not heal it. Art Therapy is one of the effective ways I have explored and successfully heals them. I would like to thank Mr Paul Lee for giving me a safe space to process and let go of their stored traumas. "

"Grieving is never an easy process. I would like to thank Mr Paul Lee for giving me a safe space to grieve for my child and my dad.  I  have move on."

"Eye opener and interesting. This program helps me to understand myself better."


 "I feel that this program has helped me to increase my self-awareness and to understand myself better. " "The program is good as it encourages usage of art mediums, eg. Paints, colour pencil for expression. The usefulness of this program: 1. Able to use art to express ourselves. 2. Positive psychology helps us to feel more positive and gain higher awareness of ourselves. 3. Respecting the privacy that we need by discussing outside."


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