What is Creative Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy with an understanding of the psychological aspects of the creative process and is recognised as part of the mental health profession. Qualified Art Therapists purposefully incorporate multiple creative modalities tailored to key issues, including past traumas, emotional conflicts, substance abuse, disabilities, PTSD, and so on. Art Therapy sessions improve a person’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. 

Clients explore and work with their state of mind, foster self-regulation, develop and manage behaviours, reduce stress and anxiety, increase self-esteem and awareness, build resiliency and facilitate post traumatic growth through creative processes. 

The process of Art Therapy makes for more effective intervention in addressing psychological trauma than strictly verbal approaches. Individuals validate self-expression through tactile, experiential and visual exchanges, not just verbal communication between client and Art Therapist.

Art Therapists at CATA assume a person-centred, trauma-informed practice to better assist clients to work through associated symptomologies such as anxiety, depression, panic or dissociation.

You don’t need to be talented or an artist to receive the benefits of Art Therapy.

Some Benefits Include :

  • Develops self-esteem and confidence
  • Manages addictions and behaviours
  • Cope with disability or chronic illness
  • Improves social skills
  • Raises quality of life
  • Works with loss and grief
  • Helps process difficult emotions and feelings
  • Improves mental and physical symptoms such as
    • Pain
    • Anxiety
    • Tension
    • Stress
    • Depression

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