About Us

Creative Therapies Association Aotearoa was formed in late 1995 as an umbrella organisation for registered practitioners (ANZATA NZAC NZAP NZPsS) and non-registered others, who are interested to use creative therapies in education, rehabilitation, health and social care, counselling and psychotherapy.

CTAA has four main aims :

  • To promote the use of Creative Therapies in New Zealand.
  • To bring creative therapists and other people, who are interested in the expressive arts therapies together, to provide professional development opportunities and collegial support.
  • To establish a co-operative professional group to provide further training opportunities.
  • To continue to work together to develop professional standards for an ethical clinical praxis.

What is Creative Therapy ?

The creative therapies include music therapy, dramatherapy, psychodrama, art psychotherapy, dance therapy, and the expressive arts therapy modalities.

The creative therapies provide a working process for at least the following three integral relationships. “These are, ‘the whole person’,  the person as the individual or self, the person and the whole, a creative ongoing developmental process,  and the therapeutic processes of the client and the therapist-in-role” (Brogden 2017).

The creative therapies can be a highly effective therapeutic approach with which to consider treatment for :

  • physical and learning difficulties
  • environmental pressures
  • life transitions
  • self esteem
  • aspects of spirituality
  • self image
  • mastering personal crisis
  • relationships
  • family issues
  • developmental challenges
  • stress
  • physical and emotional trauma
  • resolving grief
  • death and the dying process
  • development of other social skills
  • depression
  • mental illness
  • addiction imbalances
  • other issues that may not yet be identified

The creative therapies help the participants to give form to their personal needs. A creative therapy process actively engages these needs, to explore feelings and thoughts that may underly a conscious or unconscious behaviour.

The arts therapist provides psychological safety, while helping the participants to explore a life situation, using a wellness orientation. The expressive modalities may also be used to gain other perspectives, such as for personal development and self-discovery. And in the clinical context, for a process of assessment, diagnosis and formulation of treatment, and/or referral if required.