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About Arts and Minds Art Therapy

What is Art Therapy and Arts Therapies?
(from the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapies Association [ANZATA] web site)

  • The arts therapies are a form of psychotherapy utilising creative modalities, including visual art-making, drama, and dance/movement, within a therapeutic relationship to improve and inform physical, mental and emotional well-being. 
  • Art therapists have been trained to work therapeutically using the visual arts, including drawing, painting, and sculpture. 
  • Arts therapists using creative modalities other than, or as well as visual art, work therapeutically with a variety of creative modalities such as with dance/movement or drama and may use titles such as dance/movement therapist, or dramatherapist. 
  • Art therapy has been recognised and regulated around the world by organisations such as the British Association of Art Therapists, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the American Art Therapy Association. 
  • Arts therapists in other parts of the world who work in other modalities are usually recognised and regulated by separate professional bodies, such as the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy, or the British Association of Dramatherapy.
  • Increasingly other countries are recognising the value of regulating the various creative arts therapies within one professional overseeing body such as ANZATA.
  • Arts therapies are traditionally based on psychoanalytic or psychodynamic principles, and most art and arts therapists utilise varied practice-based and evidence-based theoretical frameworks in their work. These traditions include depth analytic, humanistic, behavioural, systemic, and integrative approaches.
  • Arts therapies can be practiced with individuals as well as groups. 
  • Arts therapies differ from traditional art-making or performance in that the emphasis is on the process of creating and meaning-making, rather than on the end product. 
  • The therapist and client/s develop an interpersonal relationship through the arts process, with clear boundaries and shared intentions.


Advantages of the Arts Therapies

The arts therapies can help people to resolve conflicts, develop interpersonal skills, manage behaviour, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and achieve insight. Art and arts therapy can encourage clients to:

  • express feelings that may be difficult to verbalise
  • explore their imagination and creativity
  • develop healthy coping skills and focus
  • improve self-esteem and confidence
  • identify and clarify issues and concerns
  • increase communication skills
  • share in a safe nurturing environment
  • improve motor skills and physical co-ordination
  • identify blocks to emotional expression and personal growth.


Common Misconceptions about Arts Therapies

Myth 1 – Artistic types are best suited to arts therapies

Arts therapies do not rely on artistic knowledge or ability. They work by accessing imagination and creativity, qualities which all human beings possess, in order to generate new models of living and contribute to the development of a more integrated sense of self. 

Myth 2 – Arts therapies are without a scientific basis

Evidence-based and practice-based research is well-established in all the arts therapies including visual art therapy, dance and movement therapy, dramatherapy and music therapy.

Myth 3 – The therapist interprets the work in an art or arts therapy session 

Asking people to reflect on their own creative work is an important part of an art or arts therapy process because it is understood that each individual brings his/her own cultural influences and personal experiences to their creative process. Client and therapist work in a collaborative manner aimed at empowering the person to discover their own meaning-making and to reach his/her fullest potential.


General Information About Arts and Minds Art Therapy

Arts and Minds Art Therapy is the trading name of Arts Therapist, Psychotherapist and Counsellor, Colin Read.


Colin Read

DipTeaching Melb,
BEd Melb,
GradDip CompEd Melb,
MArtTh La Trobe,
MACA (Member of Australian Couselling Association College of Creative Arts Therapies)
ISPS Australia International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (Australia)

In terms of my Arts Therapy and Counselling practice, I have a history of working with of clients experiencing a variety of conditions ranging from neuropsychiatric disorders such as Parkinson's and Huntington's Disease through to those experiencing schizophrenia and depression.

My primary theoretical stance is person centred, humanistic, hope based, existentialism, with integrated elements of mindfulness, focussing oriented art therapy, play, humour, and acceptance commitment therapy. I also believe in the importance of resilience and healthy attachments evolving from positive emotional focus and grounding. I am trained in Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT).

In addition to my Arts Therapy and Counselling practice, I currently work as a Key Support Worker for Prahran Mission at the Haven. The Haven is a group of apartments which are independently rented by residents each of whom experience some form of psychiatric disability such as schizophrenia. My role as Key Support Worker entails working with a strengths based recovery model.

I am also a practicing artist, occasionally working under the psuedonym of Reade Collins in a range of media including paints; audio and video art; and photography.

Art Therapy and Counselling Sessions

  • Sessions can be booked up to 24 hours prior to the session time
  • Sessions cannot be cancelled less than 24 hours prior to their scheduled time
  • Sessions run for 1 hour each at $132 per session
  • There is a 40% non-refundable deposit upon booking
  • Full balance of session fee is required by completion of session
  • If a session is cancelled within 24 hours of appointment time, or if there is a "no show", the full refund will be forfeited
  • Administration requirements mean that I will spend at least 15 minutes preparation for each session (depending on materials to be used) and a further 30 minutes post session for case noting and planning - clients are not expected to attend during these administration times
  • As a professionally registered Arts Therapist (AThR) I adhere to the ANZATA code of Ethics and Standards

Practice Rooms:

Essendon Counselling Rooms
Level 2/326 Keilor Road
Tram 59, Stop 52 takes you to the front door


63 398 556 083

email: (or use the email form on the contact page)


+61 (0)401 858 770