The purpose of art psychotherapy
The purpose of art psychotherapy


What is the purpose of life? Do you know what kind of life you want to live and what you need? Sometimes, we may not actually know exactly what we need.

Art psychotherapy is a type of psychotherapy. Can I solve my problems by taking time to meet with the therapist every week, doing some creations, and talking together?

Urban people live a busy life and are already tired from dealing with daily tedious activities. When they rarely have free time, they naturally want to eat, drink and have fun to relax their tense nerves. Some people will choose to go to shopping malls and fill their holidays with various activities, as if they have bought something. I feel good, drink a glass of good wine, eat a sumptuous buffet, check in on social media, relax, satisfy some desires, and all the stress and worries disappear in an instant! It is indeed good to enjoy the fun of life and change things up at the right time; however, I don’t know if you have tried it. Sometimes after being extravagant, you may find that it is followed by a feeling of emptiness?

What is the purpose of life? Do you know what kind of life you want to live and what you need? Sometimes, we may not actually know exactly what we need. Take a shopping spree as an example. There may be other things hidden behind it. It may be some unmet relationship needs, it may be an escape from something, or it may be related to some uncompensated regrets in the past...

When we have unprocessed trauma in childhood or in the past, or some inner needs have not been met, and the true voice has not been expressed or heard, these energies or emotions will appear in different forms in the outside world to maintain inner balance. ; Or when certain feelings related to the past are aroused, there will be some emotional or physical reactions. These different manifestations or behaviors, in addition to crazy shopping, can also be anorexia, repeated patterns of getting along, or falling in love with a certain type of partner repeatedly. These behaviors themselves are not right or wrong, and sometimes they play an important role. Their roles help us achieve inner balance, but if their appearance affects our normal life or development, we may need to explore inward to help ourselves integrate our inner self.

In the process of art psychotherapy, we can use the naked and original characteristics of artistic creation to help us overcome the psychological protection mechanism and present more real feelings. Under the witness of the therapist, we accompany the client to explore the meaning of creation and help the other party to realize The inner feeling gradually unravels. When the clouds clear, you can naturally see a more real side, see yourself and the world with new eyes, and regain the strength to face life.

Therapy is a journey, in which what is explored may be issues that the client already knows but wants to deal with in depth, or it may be inner feelings that have never been noticed and yet to be explored. The therapist will not make any assumptions, but will start from a starting point, explore together with the client, and let you discover on your own.

The creative process or creations can provide the therapist with some clues to help the client understand his or her inner state. It can also directly help the client to have a dialogue with his heart through emotional experience, allowing subtle transformation to occur. The process of creation can be interesting, relaxing, or tearful; in facing the inner time and space, the therapist will carry everything about you, and every attempt may be a way to make yourself better. A strong opportunity for you to see and get in touch with different aspects of yourself.

When the time is right and the heart is ready, sometimes the heart will let you know the answer without words or explicit words.

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Art Psychotherapist Jasmine Lam
Art Psychotherapist Jasmine Lam

Registered Art Psychotherapist with the British Association of Health and Nursing Professionals
Professional Member of Hong Kong Art Therapist Association
Professional Member of the British Association of Art Therapists
MA in Art Therapy, University of Hertfordshire, UK
The University of Hong Kong BA (Hons) (Double Major in Arts and English)

Jasmine is a registered art therapist of the British Health and Nursing Professional Association. He is qualified for clinical practice in the United Kingdom. He is good at exploring the inner world through artistic creation with clients through a safe, inclusive and accepting space, helping clients to connect with their own hearts. Discover opportunities for change. She is able to make good use of her natural sensitivity to adapt her treatment techniques to the changing needs and needs of her clients during the treatment process.

Jasmine uses humanistic and psychodynamic art therapy as the basis. She once provided one-to-one and group art therapy services at Osmani Primary School, a primary school located in an ethnic minority area in London, England, to help children deal with emotions, behavior, Issues such as sexual assault and low self-confidence; art therapy services have also been introduced in the psychiatric ward of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT), a mental health hospital of the British National Health Service (NHS), to provide one-to-one therapy and art therapy groups For hospitalized elderly patients diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, alcoholism and delirium.

After returning to Hong Kong, Jasmine provided one-on-one, therapy group services and art therapy education for children, adolescents, parents, and elderly in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, universities, and social welfare organizations. Lecturer, has cooperated with parents, teachers, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other professionals to provide comprehensive mental health counseling services for individual cases in the process of art therapy. She is particularly interested in dealing with domestic violence, emotional abuse, depression, dementia and palliative care for the elderly, and accompanies service users in their artistic creation journey and inner dialogue, helping them to find a comfortable place for themselves when facing various difficulties in life 's own space.