WELCOME TO IPSARTY Sunshine Coast
I'm glad you found us!
Ever wonder what's going on in the background of a busy mind or an anxious one.. those things that you can't explain your reasoning for; decisions, reactions, motivations, intuition. Our inner autopilot--- the unconscious mind--- sets the tone for every aspect of our lives. It also holds the key to SELF REGULATION of emotions and thoughts. Let Ipsarty's Arts Therapists facilitate self exploration and understanding through creative expression...
Who We Are
Ipsarty was established on the Sunshine Coast as an Arts Therapy service within the community for people living with disabilities, chronic illness/pain, injury, trauma and palliative care. And for their carers.
It's an expressive outlet that fosters human connection and empowers the hidden voice behind the brave faces people wear.
This brave face is worn by everyone facing challenges in their life. And so 'ipsarty' as a mental health arts therapy service was born.
This service is for everyone.
We are a team of neurodivergent therapists and advocates. Our Warana studio was designed to meet the needs of fellow neurodivergent souls and create a safe haven for people to come as they are without the expectations to fit in a box; "to do better and be better".
We do not fix here. We allow space for people to access what they need in that moment, explore their sense of self and support them in what they choose to be their way forward.
It's an opportunity to be real and be heard. Ipsarty will nurture, encourage and guide you in alllllll the feels. But most importantly.. facilitate self exploration and understanding, which is where the magic is.
WHAT IS EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY?
Expressive Arts Therapy (psychotherapy) is a multimodal evidence based practice grounded in psychology and neuroscience principles. Multimodal means we use all different types of creative arts to express: visual arts, play, dance, music, movement, poetry etc. It is widely used in Canada, USA & Europe, and is much more than simply a relaxation technique. The idea is to create art (paint, draw, sculpt, abstract etc) and use it as a tool to look at the psychological undertones present in your life. Then guide you in finding insight and support. Sounds complicated.. but art makes light of serious feelings and oh boy is it fun!
...BUT I'M NOT ARTISTIC..
There is zero artistic talent required to participate in art therapy. Art is a tool in therapy. The aim isn't to create a masterpiece.. because the masterpiece is you! It is the role of an Arts Therapist to unpack a cluttered mind to allow you to make sense of your world.
A CLUTTERED MIND
Mind clutter can present itself in many ways.. burnout, anxiety, poor memory, questioning self worth, trouble sleeping, motivation levels, withdrawal.. just to name a few. Our minds can also be cluttered with mindsets and beliefs that are instilled in us through life-- these dictate our emotional responses to all sorts of things.. relationships, how we view ourselves, and how we make decisions in life.
HOW DOES ART THERAPY WORK TO DECLUTTER?
Art Therapy is effective in unpacking the clutter and laying it all out in front of you. It helps you communicate what you can't describe or say aloud. Imagery is a language in itself, but a very specific language is made available for you when we discuss your art (the language of your unconscious mind). It guides you to see what needs attention and what is most important in your world.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Nada. Not a thing. Ipsarty will provide you with all your art materials, and all art creations are yours to keep.
WHAT AGES DOES THIS THERAPY SUIT?
All ages, however we have a minimum age of 6 years old for our studio.
"If you could say it with words, there would be no reason to paint"