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Amanda Scott Art Therapy

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.

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CREATING SPACE

Art Therapy integrates therapeutic techniques with the creative process to improve mental health and wellbeing.

The creative process offers the opportunity to assess where you are at in your life now, and what you would like to set as intention moving forward.

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INCREASING WELLBEING

Art Therapy for wellbeing offers a space to explore your inner world, thoughts and feelings through the creative process.

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CURIOSITY AND CARE

The core element of healing is connection.

With connection, to self, to the World, to others and to the spirit, this creates a starting point for positive change & growth.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Vision Boards Retreat for Wellbeing

Sunday 12 February 2017

Vision Board Retreat, Creativity for Wellbeing offers a full day retreat using creative practices to develop a stronger connection to life purpose and a chance to embody this in the present.

Terrarium Making: To Nurture Creativity

15 January 2016

Terrariums are living ornaments, bringing life, meaning and imagination to your environment. You are invited to create the terrarium to represent what nurtures you.

A Retreat for Healing After Miscarriage

Please inquire for next dates

A retreat for women who have experienced pregnancy loss from miscarriage and still birth. Around 1 in 4 pregnant women experience a miscarriage or pregnancy loss.

This retreat is for you to explore shared experiences, stages of grief and what has supported you through this time in a safe, nurturing space.

Creative Journaling for Wellbeing

Next Workshop series 25 April, 2017

Creative Journaling for Wellbeing offers a six week journey using creative practices to increase awareness and wellbeing.

Open Studio: Create Art & Play

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2pm-4:30pm

Open Studio is an open time for you to come and create what you wish, play, explore, work on your own projects, or just try out some new materials.

A Retreat for Healing After Pregnancy Loss by Termination

Please Inquire for next dates

A retreat for healing after pregnancy loss by termination/abortion. Up to 1 in 3 Australian women will have an abortion at some point in her life. This retreat is for you to explore shared experiences, stages of grief and what has supported you through this time in a safe, nurturing space.

A Retreat for Healing After Pregnancy Loss by Termination

Saturday February 18 2017, Mt Martha, VIC

A retreat for mothers after giving birth.This retreat is for women who have experienced birth, recently or many moons ago, for you to explore shared experiences through this time in a safe, nurturing space.

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WHAT IS ART THERAPY

ABOUT ART THERAPY

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 Approach

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.

Vision Boards

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

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:

  • Creative Journaling
  • Sculpture
  • Dialoguing with other (art or an aspect of self)
  • The Ulman Technique
  • Movement/ Body Wisdom
  • Music/ Sound healing
  • Active Imagination
  • Play therapy
  • Spirit dolls
  • Clay Work
  • Divination
  • Sandplay Therapy
  • Mandalas
  • Guided Visualisation

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.

SERVICES

Art Therapy for Individuals

Individual Art Therapy Sessions to explore your inner world, gain insight and increase your ability to create the life you want.

Private Workshops

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

ART THERAPIST

AMANDA SCOTT

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Amanda is passionate about creativity, living fully, self discovery and connection.

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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.

Background

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. I am currently finishing my final year at The MIECAT Institute in 2016: Melbourne Institute of Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy, in Melbourne, Victoria. My personal journey has been one of exploring the depths of myself, my identity and finding my unique place in the world. 

Personal Journey

More about Amanda's Journey

The Search

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 and ally.

The Reward

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.

Current

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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