Amanda Scott Art Therapy creates a space that brings together dreaming, creativity, art therapy and personal development. Amanda offers this through individual art therapy sessions in Melbourne and Creativity for Wellbeing group sessions in Melbourne. See more about Amanda Scott Art Therapy’s services below.
THERAPEUTIC ARTS PRACTICE
Therapeutic Arts Practice, or Creative Arts Therapy, integrates therapeutic techniques with the creative process to improve mental health and wellbeing, to come to approximations of meaning to inform us, our decisions and our values.
The creative process offers the opportunity to assess where you are at in your life now, to explore values and patterns of being, and to make choices around preferred ways of being moving forward.
THE MIECAT FORM OF INQUIRY
In the four years that I undertook the Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice at the MIECAT Institute, I came to know The MIECAT form of inquiry as a roadmap for exploration. It is a tool kit of procedures that assist with coming to meaning and making sense of something of value or significance (Lett, 2011, p. 152). The form of inquiry is arts-based, valuing multi-modal paths to knowing.
Companioning is an experience of the values of safety, emergence, and curiosity, enacted with another. Companioning can provide safety and support to stay with the emergence of what may come.
A companion is present alongside the inquirer and is in service of the inquiry. “The participant is an expert in their own knowing and a companion does not interpret but seeks to understand” (Lett, 2011, p. 269).
Companioning can offer a safe space to explore difficult experiences, hold seemingly opposite realities concurrently, and make meaningful decisions and potentially find alternative ways of being.
I value creating safe “containers” for people to explore within. Without safety, diving into the unknown can be uncomfortable and overwhelming. When exploring the unknown it can be helpful to begin with a known context.
Using the arts to explore the unknown allows for space and distance from topics that feel emotionally charged and thus provides an invitation to ‘stay with’ discomfort in a safe way.
Clear steps and transparency gently encourage you to come to the edge and engage with the unknown while being held safely.
Emergence is facilitated by multi-modal expressions: visual, movement, word, or sound, all of which support the forming of embodied, pre-reflective knowing. The inquiry process is cyclical, non-linear and in a constant state of becoming.
‘Staying with’ present experiencing, calls for trust. As things are constantly in motion, there is an impermanence in each approximation of knowing. I value the emergent and ever-changing nature of this approach to Therapeutic Arts Practice.
I am driven by curiosity and a desire to grow, transform and understand myself and others. As a companion, I hold the value of curiosity so that I can bring presence to what feels most important in the moment, to the inquirer and the inquiry. Curiosity also forms a part of allowing for emergence.
Curiosity encourages us to take a risk and step out of the comfort and safety of that which is known, in order for something new to emerge.
Creative Journaling offers a 6 week journey using creative processes to increase wellbeing. This Spring we will be exploring the five elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine – Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire.
Art therapists use creative, arts-based processes as part of their therapeutic work with clients, to facilitate self expression, communication, self awareness and personal development.
Creative expression has been found to improve health including physical, emotional and cognitive functioning, integrating socially and increasing the overall quality of life, meaning and insight of self in the world.
My approach begins with developing a safe space for you to enter into, or continue on, a journey of self-discovery.
I will journey alongside you, in a co-inquiry together, focussing on strengthening meaning, expanding perspective, and developing a connection to spirit and purpose.
I will encourage those I work with to explore their unconscious world and significant internal experiences and patterns, bringing light, awareness and healing.
“Transpersonal work provides people in crises with an alternative to symptom suppression. It helps them to creatively adapt to their crisis, using the experience to grow and truly heal. The experience is transformed into a breakthrough rather than breakdown.”
– Phoenix Institute of Australia
Transpersonal Art Therapy uses a psycho-spiritual approach to counselling, recognises a spectrum of consciousness, including altered states, dreams, intuition and a collective consciousness, and accesses creativity to work through problems and issues.
Transpersonal Art Therapy encourages self awareness which leads to authenticity and personal empowerment, is client centred and based on the Shamanic Model, encourages holistic healing by considering mind, body, spirit and environment.
What do we do in an Art Therapy Session?
Focussing (Focussing oriented Art Therapy/Body focussing/Felt Sense)
Focussing is a very useful tool to connect. When someone is overwhelmed by emotion, or highly analytical and unable to flow, it can be helpful to use this technique to connect with inner knowing and creativity.
MIECAT Form of Inquiry
The MIECAT Form of Inquiry begins with bringing attention and awareness to experiencing. This is then followed by expressions of experience completed in any art-form and sometimes verbally. More information about the MIECAT approach can be found here.
Person Centred Approach
My approach is influenced by the person centred approach developed by psychologist Dr. Carl Rogers who believed that the relationship with a person has therapeutic value, and a therapist who was deeply understanding (empathic), accepting (having unconditional positive regard) and genuine (congruent) was the basis of a therapeutic relationship.
Transpersonal Art Therapy uses a psycho-spiritual approach to counselling, recognises a spectrum of consciousness, including altered states, dreams, intuition and a collective consciousness, and accesses creativity to work through problems and issues. Transpersonal Art Therapy encourages self awareness which leads to authenticity and personal empowerment, is client centred and based on the Shamanic Model, encourages holistic healing by considering mind, body, spirit and environment.
This involves using imagery to create and put energy into what you want to create for your present and future. This can help an individual to manifest what they want by focussing on these things, based on the idea you attract what you focus on.
Gestalt informed techniques
Working with the aspects of self in the present moment.
Gestalt techniques can assist in creating awareness around the aspects of self, discovering the needs and reasons for them being present.
Ritual is a very powerful way to allow for one to move through and honour an experience or transition. This can aid in releasing old patterns or emotions, honouring parts of self and re-enacting a psychological death in order to move into new opportunities.
Other techniques include:
Dialoguing with other (art or an aspect of self)
The Ulman Technique
Movement/ Body Wisdom
Music/ Sound healing
What might I get out of it?
Experiencing a safe and supportive environment to explore aspects you may normally keep hidden
Clarifying concerns or challenges
Working through and healing personal issues and traumas
Developing strategies to better cope with anxiety, depression, fear, grief, or loss.
Gaining support through life transitions
Self expression when you may not be able to describe how you are feeling with words alone:make the invisible (such as painful emotions and experiences) visible through external expression
Acceptance of all parts of self and assisting to become whole
Renewed understanding of personal meaning and discovery of inner resources
Reconnecting with creativity
Increasing self esteem, self worth and confidence
Developing healthy coping skills
Art making engages the whole brain and can stimulate integration of cognitive, feeling and sensory processes
Self empowerment, strength and an understanding of personal values when making life decisions.
Is Art Therapy for me?
Art therapy can benefit all ages, genders, cultural backgrounds and socio-ecenomic circumstances. The insights, growth, healing and learning is tailored to the individual needs of the client. The therapeutic process begins from where the individual is at and will be guided by the client, as I will facilitate the discovery process.
My particular style is great for someone who is wanting to explore themselves in the world and who is ready, courageous enough and willing to step into the unknown in order to discover something new.
Art therapy is suitable for anyone who would like to inquire into themselves and how they experience the world, discover more about themselves, clear blockages, heal from past experiences, develop and connect with their creativity, or improve relationships.
There are many other reasons someone may want to explore art therapy, as many reasons as their are individuals. Art Therapy can also benefit those experiencing a range of mental, emotional and physical illnesses, disorders, addiction, trauma, grief and loss.
Remember to keep an open mind, and ask for that you need.
Private workshops are tailored to your group, party, birthday, hens night, weekend away, or retreat. Workshops offered are a combination or creative processes to develop a stronger connection with one another in the group, individuals, to have fun, increase well-being and discover your own creative practices to embody your values and increase your well-being.
The Creative Way
The Creative Way is a professional development workshop that is offered for organisations and companies for their staff and clients to increase connection, creativity and wellbeing within the workplace
No one knows more about what you need or yearn for in your life than yourself.
If you can stop long enough to listen you will find the quiet voice of your truth, your soul.
Creativity is the language of the soul.
The soul communicates through emotions and creativity.
The answers you seek lie in slowing down and listening to yourself.
Amanda Scott Art Therapy
I am humbled by the vulnerability I witness in my workshops.
I am humbled as I journey with people through this gentle and delicate process of re-connection.
Amanda Scott Art Therapy
Amanda is passionate about creativity, living fully, self discovery and connection.
Amanda has been continuously exploring, learning, courageously and vulnerably stepping into her vision. This vision is creating space for others to grow, express and discover.
Since 2003 I have worked as a facilitator, running various self empowerment programs, workshops, camps and seminars. During this time I studied a Bachelor of Art, Visual Art and Photography, Diploma of Youth Work and a Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy at Phoenix Institute of Australia in Melbourne in 2009. I began Amanda Scott Art Therapy in 2011 and completed the Graduate Diploma in 2014 and Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice at The MIECAT Institute in 2016. My personal journey has been one of exploring the depths of myself, my identity and finding my unique place in the world.
As a quiet and shy teenager, I found myself confused and unsure of who I was. I had always been a bit of a chameleon. I had discovered the best way to survive in school was to not stand out. When finishing school and attending my first personal development program, I was stunned when I was asked my opinion on something, and I had no idea what I really thought. This sparked a journey inwards, and a realisation that I had spent years becoming what I thought I should be, determined by people around me, school, the media, and now I had no idea what was my true voice.
The next few years I felt so lost, and not sure how to find what was true for me, as I had no previous awareness on what it really meant. I went through years of depression and anxiety, fighting with myself and the judgement that I had no reason to be depressed, I had a good life, what was I complaining about? I attended many programs, in order to find my way. Creativity, art therapy, and creative journaling became my friend.
It was a gradual process of allowing myself to have a voice, allowing my experience to be valid and worthy of being shared, allowing myself to be vulnerable and let people see me. Through opening up, I have deeper connections to those around me, I have found my unique voice, and it is more infinite than I expected, because I have realised I am constantly growing, that I am in a constant state of becoming.
I have found acceptance and joy, of perfection in the imperfection and willingness to share my vulnerabilities. Because in being authentic in my triumphs as well as my challenges, I can be more true to myself and feel more connected to others. I am human, I am imperfect and I am courageous enough to keep opening.
Amanda now runs Amanda Scott Art Therapy in Melbourne, an Art Therapy networking group, and workshops & camps as a community facilitator supporting children and young people involved in the child protection system in Victoria, and trains facilitators to run these programs nationally.
Amanda draws on her skills in art therapy and group facilitation to journey with clients facing various challenges into a space that they can connect with their own intuition and inner knowing, to find the tools to fulfil their potential, find hope for the future and live a meaningful life.
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WHAT CLIENTS SAY
Amanda’s workshops are a portal into another dimension. The inner child has creative license to express those things that cannot find a voice in our day to day lives. Using a variety of mediums and processes, Amanda has helped me access the inspiration to live an inspired life, and she is truly inspirational. Thank you Amanda.
I really enjoyed the workshop, it was relaxing, easy and naturally connected people. It was a great opportunity to stop and reflect at the end of the year and realise how excited I am for next year. There was no pressure, people could participate as much or as little as they wished. I liked the flow, where you are now and the future. Thanks so much Amanda.
“I found art therapy with Amanda extremely beneficial as a tool for dealing with my ongoing anxiety and low moods.
I underwent major surgery little over a year ago and in turn spent a lot of time on serious pain medication.
Since starting art therapy I can see how much this type of treatment would be so helpful in the earlier stages of my recovering as well.
Art therapy is a great way to take my mind off physical and emotional pain for a few hours each week and since starting I have felt inspired to do more art in my own time at home, resulting in more time relaxing and less anxiety. I have been in contact with my pain management team from my surgery about suggesting art therapy to patients like me as I found the course so helpful in my ongoing recovery.
I wish something like this course had been offered to me sooner, when I was on a lot of medication and in a lot of pain.
After completing the creative journaling 5 week course I can look back and honestly say I enjoyed every week feeling safe to create, accepted and supported to move forward in a more positive life.”
- Josie, Creative Journaling 2013
After the workshop today I am feeling much clearer and I didn’t feel any experience of anxiety being creative with strangers,as I thought I might! The workshop helped me reflect on who I am and what I want from my life. Thank you.
I felt really comfortable, and enjoyed sharing with everyone. Amanda you are great. I gained perspective, an acceptance to create and be creative, and a little bit of passion!
I found the workshop calming and relaxing, and I felt a part of something really special.
Alex Rowe, 2009
The workshop was a real journey- lots of different emotions popping up. Personally I got a clearer insight into where I am right now- which was surprisingly negative, however I recognised that the people around me can support me to move to a more positive place really quickly! I really enjoyed creating the group piece because I felt a really nice sense of connection to the group. Thank you!
These workshops inspire me, they bring out so much love and gratitude, I resonate with everyones stories so much and it makes me feel less alone.The sunshine inspires me and sometimes it is contained in peoples smiles,their words or their eyes. Seeing Inner beauty and the gift people give inspires me.
I got some clarity, and had an amazing time sharing stories. I have found some strength to make decisions from this workshop, and found from this that sharing is caring, and got somegreat insights! Well done, it rocked and you guys rocked!!
I was able to push my comfort zone and realized that connecting with people is the power of this work. I really enjoyed sharing in the big group. Amanda you are perfect for this, you listen to your impulses, and are so insightful. Thank you!
I really enjoyed the art therapy sessions. I found it very interesting to experience how connecting with and loosening your body can also open your mind to imagination and creativity. For someone who has the tendency to over think things it was a way to quieten the mind.
It also allowed me to appreciate anger as an acceptable emotion, and that part of letting go of anger is accepting and letting yourself feel it. Without feeling the intensity of uncomfortable emotions, how can we appreciate and experience the intensity of happiness and other positive feelings.
- Katie, 2011
I found this experience great- as a “not so creative” person, I love getting the opportunity to play. I gained some clarity in what I want for next year and where I am at.
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