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Helping people of different abilities flourish in life through Art Therapy & the NDIS
"Disability is not a brave struggle or 'courage in the face of adversity.'
Disability is an art. It's an ingenious way to live."
 
Neil Marcus

Creative Ways of Living

Using a strength-based approach to help people find their own path to a creative and connected life

Live Softly Creative Therapies works with neuro-diverse people, from late-teens to adults who have different abilities, helping people to express themselves to be seen and heard in their own unique way. This strengths-based approach is empowering for people who may not feel understood or catered for by the mainstream & traditional talk-based therapies.

The Live Softly offering includes Creative/Art Therapy, Mentoring, Psycho-social Support work and we can also assist NDIS clients in accessing community social and recreational activities.

 

At Live Softly we work creatively with our clients, responding to each client as an individual with a unique gift to share and their own way of communicating this in the world. We help our clients to find their strengths and ways of connecting with others to create a full life of meaning, creativity and joy.

 

Our creative therapy and mentoring/support work services support the aims of the NDIS by providing people with disability better access to personalised and innovative services; moving from a service led approach to personalised, client-centred care.

We recognise that quality of life includes relationships, emotional, physical and material well being, self determination and personal development and support our clients in accessing a full and meaningful life.

 

The client is helped to identify their unique personal goals and a person-centred approach is used to help the person achieve the quality of life they aspire to.

 

At Live Softly we work alongside our clients  to help them to find their own meaning and increase their sense of self empowerment and quality of life.

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1: 1 Art Therapy

Using client-centered counselling and creative therapies we can support clients in expressing themselves and communicating their experiences using art and creative tools. Art therapy can help a client move towards their goals and achieve a more fufilling quality of life. Bringing colour, hope and inspiration in to everyday life.

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Mentoring

Nurturing skill development and and supporting holistic well being. Mentoring provides specialised support for participants with an interest in creativity and developing skills to work towards a career or project in the creative fields. We assist you in identifying your goals and support you in accessing learning and developing the skills needed for success.

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Support Work

Experienced in both mental health and trauma-informed care, we offer psycho-social support work with heart. We work closely with our clients to identify their unique goals and needs and take incremental steps tailored to the client's needs. We can support and guide clients to access community and recreational activities - opening up opportunities and broadening horizons for clients.

How can Art Therapy benefit someone with a disability?

 

We work with a range of clients with disability and tailor our approach differently for each client.  The basis of all of our work is the therapeutic relationship, centered in deep respect and empathy for the individual.

 

We believe a person with a disability is differently-abled and art therapy can help to connect a person with their inner resources; enabling them to create meaning and engage in life in a new way.

 

We  see disabilities as a creative opportunities, with the client we explore this and identify skills, as often clients will have heightened abilities and sensitivities in areas that may not have been previously recognised or positively acknowledged.

 

Greater self awareness helps the client to understand their own needs and how to best meet these.  Our art therapy sessions seek to empower and awaken self esteem in a person, acknowledging that they know best what they need. 

We support people living with:

  • Intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability

  • Autism 

  • Eating Disorders

  • Body image issues

  • PTSD

  • Sensory Processing Disorder

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Major life changes

What changes can I expect?
  • Improved creativity, self-esteem

  • Increased sense of self empowerment

  • Increased sense of self care & self awareness

  • Reduced stress & anxiety using art and mindfulness

  • Reduce depression and fatigue

  • Improved interpersonal skills

  • Enhanced mind-body connection

  • Development of life-long coping skills

  • Identification of personal resources and needs

  • Increased sense of meaning and purpose

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Left to Right: Live Softly works with Studio A Sydney, a wonderful program supporting artists with disability,

Yoga Therapy Workshops & Art Therapy workshops for STEM students in China 

Is Creative Therapy for me?

If you are interested in art therapy, you may be relieved to know it is not about being an artist, infact, no art experience is necessary. Expressing yourself through art can have many beneficial therapeutic effects, especially for people who may feel disempowered or disconnected.

 

In our art therapy sessions we use use client-centered counselling and creative tools to enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals.

 

We tailor sessions to the individuals needs, to support you in achieving your NDIS goals, and will discuss this prior to your first session.

 

A client may choose to begin with counselling and if they choose to engage in art processes we may use drawing, painting, clay, collage or many other mediums as agreed in the session. Sessions are client led and art is introduced gently as the client feels ready.

Enquire about an Introduction Session Today

 

Click on the 'Contact' section of this website  above to make an enquiry or email elise@livesoftly.co to discuss your individual needs and book in a meet and greet

Our mentoring and support services are available in Sydney, including the Eastern Suburbs, Central Sydney, the Inner West and North Sydney. Our art therapy studio is located in Chatswood.

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Top Left to Right: Live Softly works with the seniors at Your Side, Art Therapy at Wesley Mission, Zoom sessions for remote clients, Art Therapy outdoors in nature, Creative industry workshops for young adults, facilitating a craft incubator in China, ,and organising public art therapy events at the MCA and Butterfly Foundation, Sydney.

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