What is Creative Art Therapy?

CATA provides multiple platforms for art therapies, such as art, music, movement/dance, poetry/creative writing, sand play, and drama within the context of psychotherapy, rehabilitation or counselling. Art therapy is the purposeful use of these creative processes for the expression, experience and understanding of personal trauma, to support well being and mental health.

Creative Art therapy is often a nonverbal process and expands the ways children/adolescents/adults can convey ideas and emotions providing a path to explore, understand, and resolve issues which may be difficult talking about in a regular conversation.

CATA targets remedial outcomes for those braving trauma or living in challenging conditions. 



What does a Creative Art Therapy session look like?


Art Therapy sessions are tailored to the needs of a group or individuals, there is not a one size fits all approach.  Programs are delivered in community settings, hospitals and hospices, homes or wherever required.  Group programs can be custom designed for specific requirements.  Session duration range from 60 to 90 minutes, are safe, confidential and can be held for individuals, groups or families.

CATA and the Person Centred Approach


A person centred approach ensures that people braving adversity are always supported in a respectful and dignified way. They are valued and listened to without judgement, no matter what their circumstance. For a person to grow, they need an environment that provides them with authenticity, acceptance and empathy.

Essentially, a person centred approach is about seeing the person as an individual rather than their trauma or adverse experience. At CATA, our Art Therapists approach each person across all our programs in this way. We work with a people not patients, focusing on their strengths, values, beliefs and uniqueness.

The person centred philosophy:

  • Promotes a warm, permissive and non-judgemental atmosphere
  • Encourages individual participation and choice
  • Respects cultural differences
  • Welcomes difficult emotions and feelings
  • Addresses challenges in a safe way
  • Always inclusive
  • Sees the person, not the condition or trauma



“The individual has with themselves vast resources for self understanding,

for altering their self concept, attitudes and self directed behaviour”   

Carl Rogers