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National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports people with long-term and significant mental health difficulties and disabilities with lifelong funding. Allowing participants to work towards their plans and objectives, with hope, professional support and high quality services.

 

With the NDIS, Art Therapy is provided as an evidenece-based allied health service and can be incorporated into a participants NDIS budget. We begin with exploring the client's goals, plan and assessing which Art Therapy interventions would be most suitable. I also offer Additional Therapeutic Support Services that can be incorporated into a participants Plan to help them achieve their Goals. These Therapy interventions can:

  • Bypass the verbal requirements of communication and self-expression

  • Increase emotional regulation

  • Increase nervous system regulation

  • Reduce Trauma Symptoms

  • Improve fine motor function

  • Improve cognitive function and quality of life

  • Encouraging personal growth, self awareness/esteem 

  • Improve social skills and interpersonal skills

  • Develop healthy coping strategies

 

What is Art Therapy?

 

Art Therapy is the use of artistic methods to treat psychological disorders and enhance mental health. Art therapy is a distinct discipline that incorporates creative methods of expression through visual art media. Art therapy originated in the fields of art and psychotherapy in the 1940's. It can be very affective for clients who find it hard to verbally communicate or avoid speaking about emotions as it utilises non verbal communication and the process of Art making to be the catalyst for Therapeutic growth. 

 

Art Therapy and NDIS

 

ANZACATA (Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association), formerly ANZATA, below shares the relationship between NDIS and Art Therapy goals: 

“Both the NDIS and practitioners of arts therapy share common goals. ... the main aim of the arts therapy profession is to improve and inform physical, mental and emotional well-being of clients. The NDIS is a scheme that also aims to improve the lives of people with disability by providing participants with similar opportunities to other members of the community.”  (ANZATA, 2018) 

 

Using Art Therapy to creatively work with your Plan and set Goals can be a safe, and engaging away to access Therapeutic Support. Below are NDIS and Art Therapy resources for stakeholders and Participants.If you have any questions please contact. 

FAQ

Is Art Therapy Evidence Based?

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Additional  Info

Research is mounting demonstrating the benefits of artmaking for enhanced mental wellbeing, this includes, reducing cortisol levels, encouraging positive mental states, and strengthening different pathways in the brain. Art Therapy integrates Psychotherapeutic concepts from evidence-based therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment therapy. It can also enhance experiences of mindfulness, self-compassion, and exploring new ways of thinking or relating to self and others. Art Therapy can also embed insight and self-awareness with the individual by providing cognitive, emotional, kinaesthetic, sensory, visual and symbolic experiences. Art therapy has a robust and growing evidence base. With a recent World Health Organisation report examining over 3000 types of creative-based interventions including Art Therapy. They discovered strong evidence for the positive impact of the arts on physical and mental wellbeing. A recent report by the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research also found evidence that Art Therapy was effective at reducing depression and anxiety symptoms associated with psychological trauma.

Participants access Art Therapy as Therapeutic Support: Capacity Building, Improved Daily Living, Therapeutic Supports. I have a NDIS Worker Screening and am a fully registered Professional Member of  ANZACATA. I can work with those who are Self-managed and Plan Managed.  

The details of the service will be outlined in the service agreement prior to therapy commencing. For more information on the service agreement and referral process, please contact.​

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