Creative Harmony Arts Therapy

About Angie

Creative Harmony is owned and operated by Angie Richardson, a clinically registered and experienced arts therapist. In her private practise she works with children, teenagers and adults using the expressive arts to explore life issues.

She is a registered primary school teacher and has counselling and psychotherapy training. In 2010 she completed a Master’s Degree in Arts Therapy at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.

She regularly participates in Professional Development to keep abreast of new techniques in the expressive arts and counselling.

Her passion for therapeutic work came about when working with children/teens who were unable to engage with learning or reach their potential because of emotional and/or psychological wounding from life circumstances and events. Angie realised they were not receiving the support and healing they needed.

For the past 30 years, she has worked extensively with children/teens. Angie was a drama tutor at the ‘Taylor-Richardson School of Drama’ for children in West Auckland. Prior to teaching in the classroom she worked as a behavioural support worker in schools for children with challenging behaviours. Angie has vast experience in the field of special needs. She has been a drama therapist in a special needs school, was an arts therapist and student co-ordinator for Mapura and worked for DanceTherapy NZ as a Movement therapist.

How I can help your child

Using the arts therapeutically to provide a way for children and teenagers to express and work through their problems in a process of recovery that is holistic. Offering a client centred intermodal approach to therapy that includes creative art making, sand tray work, drama, movement, and dance alongside talking therapy. It enables clients to access their innate creative intelligence to work through and resolve difficulties they are experiencing.

The expressive arts provide a means to tap into our senses rather than just our cognitive functioning. Thus, therapeutic work engages body, mind, emotions, and spirit.
In Angie’s words – I can sit alongside grief and I also believe in the healing power of laughter! I believe all children should be flourishing to the best of their ability!

My safe & friendly enviroment

As a therapist, Angie’s approach is genuine, non-judging, warm, empathetic, and playful. A safe, creative, and supportive space so families feel free to share their concerns, ask questions, and feel part of the process.

The first session is an opportunity to get to know each other and to ascertain whether expressive arts therapy is appropriate for your child. It is important to see if we are going to be able to work with your child as the relationship that we build between us is the most important part of the process. We will discuss the desired results that you are hoping for, and whether this will be achieved through individual or family therapy.

The standard fee is $100 per hour. For those on low incomes or benefits the fee is reduced to $90 and your Doctor can apply to WINZ to subsidise up to $60 a session.

Services

  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Creativity Coaching
  • Individual, Family and Group Work
  • Process loss, grief, change and trauma
  • Promote resilience and well being
  • Communication skills, creative problem solving and emotional literacy
  • Anxiety, stress, and conflict resolution
  • Increase confidence and self esteem
  • Bullying, challenging behaviours, and anger management
  • Special needs, ASD and chronic illness
  • Empowering and strengthening sense of self
  • Improve social relationships and relating
  • Space for self-discovery, dreaming and setting goals
  • Explore more creative ways of being and expressing oneself

Services

  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Creativity Coaching
  • Individual, Family and Group Work
  • Process loss, grief, change and trauma
  • Promote resilience and well being
  • Communication skills, creative problem solving and emotional literacy
  • Anxiety, stress, and conflict resolution
  • Increase confidence and self esteem
  • Bullying, challenging behaviours, and anger management
  • Special needs, ASD and chronic illness
  • Empowering and strengthening sense of self
  • Improve social relationships and relating
  • Space for self-discovery, dreaming and setting goals
  • Explore more creative ways of being and expressing oneself

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