Art Therapy involves the use of different art materials through which a client can express and explore thoughts and feelings in the presence of a qualified Art Therapist. The Art Therapist offers a safe, contained and supportive space in which to work through issues and concerns.
For many clients, it is easier to relate to the therapist through the art object, which provides a focus for discussion and analysis. The therapist and client then work together in trying to understand the client's personal process and the product of the session. Art Therapy can be a very powerful process, which may enable long buried feelings to come to the surface and be acknowledged. "It is the capacity of art to be a bridge between the inner world and outer reality which gives the image the role as mediator. The image mediates between unconscious and conscious, present and future aspects of a client." (The Handbook of Art Therapy: Caroline Case and Tessa Dalley, p 97).
Founder, Samantha Davis, is an internationally trained and registered Art Psychotherapist who completed her 2 year postgraduate Art Therapy (MA) training at the University of Hertfordshire in London in 2000.
Samantha has run a private practice for adults, families and children for the past 12 years in Jhb. She has worked with a variety of client groups over the years including Burn-out, Anxiety, Depression, Emotional and Behaviour problems, Autism, ADHD, Developmental Delay, Refugees, Trauma victims, Cancer patients, HIV Aids and Orphans, Educators, learning difficulties, Department of Education, Correctional Services and Psychiatry.
Samantha runs various Art Therapy Workshops and Courses for adults and professionals for both academic and self discovery purposes. These workshops are currently facilitated privately in Jhb and Cape Town, and in Port Elizabeth for the Department of Education Eastern Cape.
Sam has appeared in various local TV shows talking about Art Therapy e.g. Yo TV and SABC3 and on radio interviews including Chai FM and Radio Islam and has appeared in various magazines articles illustrating the power and nature of Art Therapy.
An exciting development of Art Therapy are the Creative Corporate Workshops which Samantha has been facilitating and managing since 2005. These interactive Workshops are experientially based and profoundly useful for brainstorming, thinking 'out-the-box', enhancement of communication and relationship building within teams, reduction of stress and corporate wellness. Important clients which have benefited from these interventions include FNB, HP, ABC banking, Bausch & Lomb, Travel Insurance Consultants, HKLM, BHP Billiton and more!
(See www.art-cafe.co.za for the original corporate website)
Samantha resides in Johannesburg loves sport and yoga, coaches hockey, has a great sense of passion, humour and adventure and has a 10 year old extremely creative daughter!