What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is a very young profession, yet for thousands of years art has been used to express emotional, cultural and spiritual needs.

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy. It is not about learning art techniques or the production of aesthetically pleasing pictures, nor are special artistic skills or talents relevant to the process.

Art Therapists are trained at Masters Level and are registered with a professional body:  ANZATA, the Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association and ACATA the Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association.

Art Therapy is suitable for all age groups and is practiced in a variety of mental health institutions, also in prisons, nursing homes and schools. It has proved a valuable therapeutic tool for those who have suffered emotional, physical, substance and sexual abuse. It is used in the context of family therapy, social work, counselling and personal development.

Drawing, painting and sculpting can be a way to find intuitive answers to unresolved questions. They can provide nurturing, structure and inspiration in times of stress, burnout and disease. It can heal old wounds, transform emotional turbulence and show the way out of spiritual depression.

Art Therapy, similar to music therapy and drama therapy, has the invaluable advantage of allowing expression without words.

Workshops & Training

Cornelia Elbrecht works in private practice and provides a certified training program in art therapy.

Cornelia's training courses and workshops take place at Claerwen Retreat in Apollo Bay, Victoria, and in several other cities in Australia. She also teaches internationally.

Accreditation & Course Recognition

Training courses are recognised by ANZATA, The Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association and ACATA, the Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association as a foundation course, and as professional development by ACA the Australian Councelling Association.