art-therapy

Art therapy groups

Location:
Birchtree Centre, 58 Parramatta Road, Forest Lodge.

Cost: $50 per session – Concession rates available.
Dates: Runs each Friday and Tuesday morning through the school term
Facilitators: 

Liz Fitzgerald, Art Psychotherapist, MA (ATh), AThR

Jude Kirby, Art Therapist

Details

Using the creative process within a safe therapeutic group space, the Friday morning art therapy group at Birchtree Centre provides the opportunity to explore and give expression to feelings that may be difficult to communicate through words alone.

At times anxiety and depression are felt in ways that may be difficult to express. Exploring the self through the creative process can support people to connect with and gain insight into their feelings and relationships. Through creative communication, connections can be made, patterns of behavior can be considered and change instigated

No artistic skills are required, just a curiosity about the health and well-being benefits of the creative process. This approach is very effective in helping us to access feelings from the past and present.

These groups will allow time for individual art-making as well as processing and exploration of these images. The exploration of the images in the group is facilitated to be a safe and gentle but powerful process. The themes arising in the group are worked with to encourage insight and to support the working through of both conscious and unconscious material.

For further information or to book a space please contact:

Liz Fitzgerald – Ph. 0438 698 728
Or Email:  liz@birchtreecentre.com.au

Please note that bookings are to be confirmed prior to attending.

About the Facilitator

Liz Fitzgerald
Liz Fitzgerald
Clinical Art Psychotherapist

With many years of experience in services and private practice, art therapist Liz has worked with adults and children, facilitating art therapy for people who have been affected by developmental trauma, PTSD, complex PTSD, addiction, eating disorders, anxiety and self-harm. She offers a safe therapeutic space to create, express and connect. 

Liz works with people individually and in groups and is trained in a psychodynamic, trauma informed approach. She is a clinical supervisor and visiting lecturer on the Western Sydney University Master of Art Therapy course. Liz enjoys advocating for art therapy in the wider community, including teaching the Sydney University CCE course “An Introduction to Art Therapy”, and was the inaugural group leader of the ANZACATA Sydney regional group.

While Liz understands that not everyone feels comfortable making art to begin with, she believes that we don’t need to be good at art to benefit from the self-awareness we find though connecting with our creativity in a therapeutic setting.

Jude Kirby
Jude Kirby
Art Therapist

Jude is a practising art therapist with six years experience in providing group and individual art therapy.  Prior to this, Jude was a high school art teacher for almost 25 years.

Jude is currently working in private practice and has previously worked as an art therapist in a private mental health hospital in Sydney’s Inner West.

In her time at the hospital, Jude’s role as group therapist saw her provide inpatient groups with art therapy and psycho education for the Mood Disorder and Eating Disorder units of the hospital. Jude continues to provide art therapy groups to AOD and General Mood Disorder patient groups at this hospital.

Jude’s experience has predominantly been in working with patients presenting with depression, anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorders, PTSD and complex PTSD. In private practice, Jude has expanded her expertise by working with clients affected by trauma associated with physiological changes, including stroke and loss of effective eyesight.

Jude believes “art therapy helps clients experience a different way to communicate their thoughts and feelings that are not always accessible via the spoken word.”.

Jude remains a practicing artist and continues to share her knowledge and skills in art making by tutoring individuals and groups in practical artmaking sessions.