Creativity for Well-Being [90 min workshop]

Creativity for Well-Being
Stacey Waterson [NZ]

Traditional Western medical model care has largely focused on physical well-being and has not always considered the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of ourselves. In fact, research is showing more and more that all of these aspects of ourselves are connected. Creativity is a great way of accessing these often neglected parts of us and tuning in to our individual holistic well-being.

After a brief introduction, Stacey will guide you through a process, which will provide an opportunity to engage your senses, imagination and creativity to explore your own well-being. No prior art experience or skills are required. Leave your inner critic at the door and bring your willingness to try something new. Time will be allowed towards the end of the workshop for those who wish to share their process.

Find out how your individual well-being looks, sounds, feels or moves. Take with you a new way of considering your well-being and a reminder of this.

About Stacey:

Stacey Waterson is a registered arts therapist with the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA). After initially studying medical laboratory science and psychology, Stacey felt that something was missing and went on to complete a masters qualification in arts therapy.

Arts therapy is an evidence-based therapy, which embraces a variety of theoretical frameworks. Bringing together elements of counselling, psychology and the creative arts modalities, it is a therapeutic choice that can work in a complementary manner with other health models and interventions. Arts therapy provides an opportunity for non-verbal communication. When words cannot describe experiences, people utilise the arts to tell their stories. In doing this they find paths to healing and transformation. It is especially useful in encouraging clients to express feelings that may be difficult to verbalise and also in the processing of traumatic experiences.

Having been brought up on a dairy farm in Taranaki, Stacey continues to have a strong connection with the area. She returned here to live after a few years spent working in Auckland and extensive travel overseas. Stacey has a part time arts therapy private practise based in New Plymouth and also works in Whanganui for two days per week. She enjoys nature and is interested in sustainability. Stacey also loves throwing colour around and trying new things.