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The Arts

Creative Arts Therapy at Patricia Avenue School

There are many benefits for people to engage in the creative arts therapies alongside an arts therapist.
The focus for me as an arts therapy trainee is to provide a supportive environment in which to foster emotional regulation, self-expression, social and relationship skills, and to support the development of self-awareness and self-confidence as well as self-soothing and calming strategies. The arts are used as a responsive tool within a person-centered therapeutic relationship.

I am a registered teacher and have 15 years experience working in special schools in New Zealand and the UK, including working at Patricia Avenue School as a teacher for the last six years. I am currently in my final year of training towards a Masters of Creative Arts Therapy at Whitecliffe College of Art and Design in Auckland.