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Art Therapy

"I have a passion for art and its healing qualities. With a law degree I went in search of myself overseas. I recovered various parts of me as I travelled and ended up in Canada in 1993, where I did my art therapy training. This was a very inspiring time for me, as the art therapy process made total sense to me, as it has ever since."

Art therapy is a psychodynamic process that uses creativity to encourage personal insight in healing and change. It requires no art experience and is a useful tool for anyone. Janie has over 20 years experience in art therapy and currently works with groups, individuals and families. She trained at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute in Canada and since then has trained in psychodrama, IDT and other approaches. Her new inspiration is in incorporating yoga into the art therapy sessions.

Please contact Janie with any enquiries on 021 293 5961 or email

Janie's Art Therapy blog archive

Imagination is your greatest power.

Imagination is your greatest power.

This painting is done by a young artist in a lettering workshop. It has such a strong message. The power of image. The power of words. The power of the imagination.

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Natures study

Natures study

       Artichokes are the most glorious of shapes. An excellent drawing challenge. The shades of green we explored in soft pastel. This made it easier to shade and create the tones needed for the study. 

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Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy

I have started my Yoga Therapy training over the past year and I am so inspired on how the yogic principles overlay those of the Therapy world, and really just life in general. I am most thankful to our teacher Dr Mohan teaches so simply and kindly. Below is a quote from the Svasta Yoga site. " All limbs of Yoga are oriented towards bringing about a calm, clear, light, balanced mode of mind – a state called sattva in Sanskrit. In order to make positive changes in the mind, we must first modify behavior patterns relating to our minds, senses,...

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Think happy, be happy

Think happy, be happy

In our group this week the girls chose quotes that meant something to them. We used a book, "Think happy, be happy" as a reference. This was used as an inspiration or as a way of refocusing negative self-talk. At times it is helpful to have a visual when we are reprogramming thoughts. This artist chose "keep calm and carry bubble gum" as her catchy phrase.  

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Heart layer by layer

Heart layer by layer

  In an Art Therapy a group of young people, a social worker and I explored the notion of layers of the heart in our group. We used the book, "In my heart", as our inspiration.      To start with we cut the paper to size and to symbolise the layers with our hearts. We all know how our feelings coexist like an onion in our hearts.   Once the paper was cut we placed the layers within a box. The box was lined with soft material which project the heart. .  Each artist was asked to work on the...

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