Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Art Therapy Breaks Barriers

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Art Therapy Breaks Barriers

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Byline: Donna Jones donna.jones@gympietimes.com.au

THERE are a number of complementary therapies available to patients and families free of charge from Little Haven Palliative Care.

Final year transpersonal art therapy student Dr Trudi Flynn PhD requested to volunteer her services to supervise new art therapy sessions which can involve drawing with pastels, painting, creating a collage, moulding with clay, making masks, working with inks, weaving, and more.

"I have a deep passion for art therapy and believe strongly in its capacity to promote holistic well-being. I also have a professional background in psychology, completing my PhD studies in the field of mind-body interactions in health and illness," Dr Flynn said.

She said the sensory engagement with art materials and the act of creating could open new pathways of seeing, feeling and thought.

She also said expertise wasn't a factor.

"You do not have to be good at art to gain benefit from art therapy," she said.

"In both individual and group art therapy, the focus is on the process of making the art, rather than the aesthetics of the outcome.

"Many find that letting go of the expectations about the look of the art can bring a freedom to just explore and discover.

"I have been involved in the development of therapeutic programs, research and teaching and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work within the community of Little Haven. …

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