Focus Care

Art Therapy

More than self expression, art therapy engages attention, provides pleasure, improves neuropsychiatric symptoms, social behaviour, and self-esteem. Available as part of your NDIS or home care package, our art therapists work with seniors, carers, people living with dementia, and people with disabilities.

At Focus Care, we believe that irrespective of age or perceived ability, people should have the chance to engage in creative passions that can support physical, mental and psychological wellbeing.

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy blends psychology and creativity, essentially creating art as a means for individuals to express themselves visually rather than through verbal or written communication.

It’s a branch of psychological therapy that uses the creative process to improve a person’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing to encourage self-expression without words.

Art therapy is for everyone, and is increasingly being used to help older Australians and people with a range of disabilities connect and communicate their inner and outer feelings and experiences.

Older man painting on an easel

What Are The Positive Benefits of Art Therapy?

Lead researchers in the field of creativity, disability support, aged care and dementia readily acknowledge the benefit of creative enterprise in the mental, social and physical wellbeing of older people.

At a forum held at the University of Wisconsin titled “Creative Expression and Dementia Care” a number of potential positive outcomes of art therapy undertaken by older people were listed, including:

  • Positive emotional responses

  • Reduction in agitation

  • Greater social engagement/interaction

  • Change in cognitive processes

  • Increased verbal fluency

  • Improved fine motor skills and physical coordination

  • Functional improvements

  • Greater physical strength and balance

  • Increased mobility

  • Improved mood and attention span

  • Less stress (caregivers and receivers alike)

  • Elevated quality of life

  • Greater understanding of the human condition.

Art Therapy at Focus Care

We provide personalised one-on-one Art Therapy sessions as well as group art courses.

Our art therapy sessions run for at least 60 minutes and are managed by a fully qualified counsellor in a safe, nurturing environment.

Our art therapist works with seniors, carers, people living with dementia, and people with disabilities. Art therapy is available as part of your NDIS plan or Home Care Package.

Our one-on-one art therapy sessions can be held in the comfort of your own home, at our office in Sydney’s Inner West, or remotely via Zoom. The choice is yours.

If you’d like to learn more about our art therapy services, or if you’d like to include art therapy as part of a Home Care Package or NDIS plan, please contact us.