Expressive (art, creative) therapies are based on the idea that expression and creativity enhance well-being by being a natural aspect of all cultures and human experience.
Expressive Therapies are holistic – attending to emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual well-being – and aligns well with indigenous models of health and well-being.
Expressive therapies use creative processes to help you explore and express unconscious material that is often difficult to articulate in words. Using the arts, you are more likely to practice new patterns of healthier behaviour. The emphasis is on the process rather than meaning making or the end product. This type of therapy can be practiced with individuals, groups, families and communities.
Expressive Therapies can help with:
Kikkli offers expressive therapy in addition to traditonal talking therapy that hopes to pave a way towards growth and well-being. The types of expression can include visual art, writing, sculpture, sand tray, movement and even music from time to time!
I am a Registered Clinical Arts Therapist based in Auckland and currently work with adults in the mental health, addictions, forensic and trauma sectors. My practice is informed by a behavioral, psychoanalytical and person-centered framework.
In my 7 years working in the field of mental health and addictions, I have worked with a wide variety of individuals, groups and families over a variety of issues. My work experience ranges from working in organizations like WALSH Trust and Odyssey House to my own current private practice, Kikkli Expressive Therapies.
I provide clinical supervision for professionals working in the addictions and mental health field using a strengths-based approach that focusses on building confidence, knowledge, and sense of professional identity.