Art therapy enables one to get in touch with one’s own creativity, which promotes quality of life and well-being.
Personal development is activated and self-healing powers are developed. In the confrontation with the painting, the therapeutic work takes place in the non-verbal communication with the painting.
Painting is an active action that can make visible change possible.
How does this Art Therapy Method work?
EMPHASIS IS ON THE QUALITIES OF THE PAINTER, NOT THE PROBLEMS
The art therapist, also called the painting companion helps the painter to rediscover their own abilities and to dare to live them. With the hand, colour is applied to the paper and it is observed to notice when a new impulse comes to another colour.
Memories and images from the past life can show themselves. As an art therapist, I enter into a dialogue with the painter and intervene directly on the picture.
Through clear rules and an appreciative attitude towards the painter and his painting, a protected non-judgemental ‘Painting Space’ is created.
According to psychotherapist Bettina Egger, disturbing memory images are replaced by disturbance-free images in the brain. The brain always stores the last seen image. An independent image, a metaphor, is painted. These are familiar objects or shapes that have no relation to the named concern.
The point is to achieve a new neutral impression.
When a symptom or a stressful experience is worked on in this way, the memory of the event is preserved, but the tormenting feelings or thoughts are absent.
The Origin of this Method
Person-oriented painting (PM) is a method developed by Bettina Egger, 1943, from Switzerland, with its origin in Arno Stern’s painting game and his painting place.
Arno Stern was Bettina Egger’s teacher. Through him she recognised the power of painting and the importance of the protected painting studio.
After several years of ‘playing’ with children to bring creativity closer to them, Bettina started to paint with adults as well and noticed that adults do not want to ‘play’ painting, but paint to show or represent something.
Thus began her training in art therapy, followed by her training as a Gestalt psychotherapist and her doctorate in psychology.
Bettina Egger also founded the Institute for Humanistic Art Therapy and worked to make it a state-recognised profession, with success.
Where painting, according to Arno Stern, is purely non-verbal and non-therapeutic, PM is a therapy method.
Later, Bettina developed the LOM® method with Jörg Merz.
“The unfolding of creativity, the facilitation of the exchange of the two sides, thus enables new insights, new understanding for the environment as well as for oneself.
Creativity is thus the basis for integration, understanding, expanded life possibilities, in short, for healing.
Painting alone does not necessarily have a healing effect, it is the creative act during painting that brings about change, not merely the technique.” Bettina Egger from ‘The Painted Scream’.
What Art Therapy can help you with
How it works
Sessions are run internationally online per Zoom or in person in Germany, Hamburg, Poppenbüttel.
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Trial Sessions are at the cost of a single session
Single Session £80 Per 60 mins session, online or offline
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5 Sessions £389 , 60 mins per session, online or offline. Valid for a year. Flexibility in scheduling
10 Sessions £769, 60 mins per session, online or offline. Valid for a year . Flexibility in scheduling.