Services

The facilities at The Open Studio-New Farm are modest but well-appointed. There is a kitchenette, a bathroom and a space for meeting, art making and group work.  The dynamic inner-city location makes it ideal for groups travelling from all over Brisbane and surrounding areas. The dining and coffee shop culture in New Farm is legendary! There is ample (and as yet un-metered) street parking as well as easy access by bus, city-cat or ferry, all within walking distance.

Services and programs available at The Open Studio - New Farm include:
  • Art Therapy counselling with individuals, families and small groups
  • Open Studio and meeting facilities for a facilitator and/ or small groups to hire ie  as workshop/ meeting space for peer support or peer supervision groups or other Professional Development and Training activities. Groups who currently meet regularly at The Open Studio are IDT (Interactive Drawing Therapy) Peer Group Supervision, AABCAP (Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists)Qld Branch and MATES (Master Art Therapists-Experiential Supervision).
  • Workshops on a variety of themes and topics and for a variety of client groups, including counsellors and therapists interested in learning more about creative therapeutic techniques and working with specific themes or topics. Facilitated Workshops are held at The Open Studio – New Farm or at other venues on request.
  • Guided Art Therapy for small groups up to 8 participants who wish to meet on a regular basis in order to work through life issues or simply maintain a sense of well-being and connection with themselves, others and their creative and/or spiritual inner world. Art for Discovery is such a group.
  • Collaborative Workshops or presentations with other artists, counsellors and therapists, such as Tibetan Buddhist Thangka Painting with Karma Phuntsok.
  • Art Therapy in schools for students (either individually or in small groups of 4-6) identified by the school Administration and the Guidance Counsellor as able to benefit from an art-based therapeutic approach rather than a purely verbal counselling approach. This works well with students of refugee background, special needs and social and emotional difficulties.

Some ideas for future services/ activities include:

  • Open Studio facilities for self- directed individual or small groups of artists who wish to meet on a regular basis in a dynamic inner-city location.
  • Foundation Program on the studio process, as developed and practiced by renowned Art Therapist Pat Allen (www.patballen.com). This would be an introduction to the process used by Open Studio or Guided Art Therapy groups who meet on a regular (ie weekly) basis.
  • Open Studio or Guided Art Therapy for small groups up to 8 participants who wish to meet on a regular basis in order to work through life issues or simply maintain a sense of well-being and connection with themselves, others and their creative and/or spiritual parts. Some possible groups could include women of all ages or women of “a certain age”; individuals experiencing trauma, loss, grief, health issues; individuals facing life-changing events, such as divorce, death/ dying; parents with young children or with children who have a disability. There are many more possibilities.

Claudje is available to design and conduct specific workshops on topics of your choice using Art Therapy and IDT processes at your agency. She is especially interested in exploring our intra and interpersonal relationships: our inner-nature, strengths and creativity as well as our relationships with others and the environments in which we live. Workshops are predominantly experiential and can include didactic elements as required. Guided Art Therapy groups are developed to suit the needs of group participants with each participant’s personal and creative needs considered and supported.

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