What is art therapy?
At Asher-Solomon, Psychotherapist Sandra Versele, uses art and sand play to faciliate expression, healing and problem solving in her clients.
There is a strong link between the creative arts and healing. In art therapy, healing begins through creation. The art psychotherapist is there to help the child think about what their creations might mean to them and how they might move forward with their difficulties based on these discussions.
The therapeutic benefit is two-fold; the therapy of making the art itself and the therapy of finding meaning within what has been created. No artistic skill is required.
What is sand play therapy?
In sand play therapy, the natural element of sand is used as a therapy tool. Through sand play therapy, children are provided with free space to experience and express their feelings and emotions.
During play with sand, water and minature objects, children are free to express their imaginations, ideas and fantasies. This activity provides impetus to the art psychotherapist to help the child learn more about their inner thoughts and feelings and solve internal problems, as well as providing the opportunity to develop imaginary play skills.
What are the benefits of art and sand play therapy?
Finding a space and creative space to express their feelings and ideas can encourage children to:
Express feelings that may be difficult to say aloud
Explore their imagination and creativity
Develop healthy coping strategies and skills
Identify areas that are causing stress, discomfort, angst or fear
Develop communication and imaginary play skills
While the therapy is not necessarily non-verbal, it is known to work well for those who have difficulty communicating. The focus of art and play therapy is not on the words but on all the other ways that a child is expressing himself/herself.
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Who can benefit from art and play therapy?
A range of children and teenagers can benefit from art and play therapy, from those who are diagnosed with developmental and medical issues to those who have social, behavioral or emotional difficulties, such as anxiety, stress, trauma, fears or attachment issues.
The medical issues Sandra has treated in the past include eczema, psoriasis, gastrointestinal issues or chronic pain, as well as children who have bedwetting problems or night terrors.
In the teenage population, art and play therapy can support difficulties with anxiety, stress, self harm, eating disorders, gender issues, emotional and behavioural troubles.
How can my child access art and play therapy?
Sessions are run individually and in groups. The decision about the best therapy programme for your child will be made after a thorough discussion with you as well as an informal meeting with your child.
Support can also be accessed via The Open Studio – This is a space for students to come any time during school hours (providing that sessions are not underway) to explore their self-expression.
For a consultation with one of our therapists or for further information about our services, please contact us at
+65 6715 5836 or drop us an email