Mindfulness-Based Art Therapy (MBAT)
Mindfulness-Based Art Therapy (MBAT) integrates mindfulness practices and with making art therapeutically.
The therapist creates a supportive container which includes: mindfulness teachings, guided meditations, and sensitive exploration of the art images created. Mindfulness-based art therapy takes place in either group or individual sessions.
We invite kindness and care and encourage a non-judgemental responses in our mindfulness and art-making practices. We orientate towards having patience to allow change to occur. Rather than focusing on how we want to be, we open to how we are in this moment, and then change can occur.
How can mindfulness-based art therapy help me?
The benefits of mindfulness-based art therapy include: reduced stress and anxiety, improved mood and self-esteem, more fulfilling personal relationships, deeper insight and ways to develop compassion for yourself and others.
Mindfulness practice involves self-exploration and awareness of our minds, bodies, feelings and thoughts.
Art making helps us to explore what we experience and discover in our mindfulness practice.
Art making is a way to express ourselves beyond words. It encourages us to be in our present moment experiences, through noticing the sensations we are experiencing.
What happens in a mindfulness-based art therapy session?
You are offered guided meditations and mindfulness teachings.
You will use art materials as an opportunity to discover and be curious, in a safe and supported environment.
You are encouraged to be non-judgemental and kindly towards your creations.
Making art is a direct, embodied and meaningful way to experience mindful qualities and the here-and-now of your experience. This includes the sensate qualities of using art materials, involving touch, movement and play, which supports presence and awareness.