Frequently Asked Questions
Interview with Kerryn Knight – Transpersonal Art Therapist and Founder of Kindred Art Space:
How can I benefit from Empowered Art Therapy?
Art is an articulator of the soul’s uncensored purpose and deepest willShaun McNiff – Author
Kerryn Knight uses components of the Transpersonal Art Therapy paradigm drawing on creative processes blended with models of counselling, psychotherapy, and psycho-spiritual paradigms to empower you for positive change.
The term ‘Trans-Personal’ means to go beyond your ‘Persona’ or ‘Mask’ you may wear and gets to the core of the issue you may be facing. Therefore Transpersonal Art Therapy works with deeper parts of your psyche to empower you to solve issues and find meaning at a very deep and lasting level.
I’m not artistic – is Art Therapy suitable for me?
The good news is Art Therapy is not about creating an art outcome and not always about creating ‘a pretty picture’, rather it is about the process of creative expression.
Kerryn provides you with a means to discover your unique creativity.
Art Therapy is a two-fold process. Firstly it provides you with an outlet for the safe expression of emotion while putting your analytical left brain hemisphere on hold for a while. With your mind at rest, you can pause and connect with the wisdom your body felt sense holds inviting your soul to speak. Secondly, your artwork makes the intangible inner landscape into an external tangible form that can be viewed from all angles where personal symbols can be contemplated and insight gained.
Kerryn’s role is to companion you as you connect with your body and express yourself through creative processes. Asking questions throughout the process, Kerryn assists you to make insightful noticing to integrate your experience.
What should I expect from a typical session?
A typical individual session with Kerryn Knight at her studio at Kindred Art Space may start with a brief chat to check in with what you may be facing in the moment.
Then together with Kerryn you may explore what might arise through the safe, soft side approach of a creative therapeutic process. Kerryn facilitates many different creative therapeutic processes that can be as simple as exploring a gesture, pausing through mindfulness to guiding you through creative imagery, inviting the use of symbols and sandplay therapy, metaphor and ceremony.
The exploration of your art work using creative inquiry can harness your inner resources to empower you for positive change, acceptance or simply just meaning making.
Meanings and Interpretations of Art
As part of Kerryn’s training, in three formal qualifications in the field, she does have a basis for interpreting art on varying levels.
Yet this understanding helps Kerryn to ask key questions of you, empowering you to find meaning rather than just relying on her giving you advice. The meaning, personal associations, and feelings of the artwork are always held by you. Kerryn walks alongside you in a safe and nurturing space, on your journey of further self-discovery, helping you unlock your power to find your answers. Just as each art piece is one of a kind, the attached meanings to them are highly individual, very powerful, and hold the potential to create deep and long-lasting change for the better.
By converting your inner experience into something creative and tangible you can view from all angles, you gain a different perspective and new awareness of patterns in your life. You can then draw on your empowered inner resources to make real and lasting changes to reach your goals!.
What sets apart Kerryn Knight’s professional services is her intuitive approach. She respectfully integrates ritual and ceremony, influenced by Indigenous culture, to harness the powerful benefits of rite-of-passage for all ages. This helps people to embrace and embody life transitions. Kerryn creates not just a safe but sacred nurturing space for her to walk side by side with you on your journey towards meaning, wellness, and empowerment.
Is an Art Therapist a Real Therapist?.
Yes ! Kerryn Knight and her fellow qualified Masters Art Therapists are trained in psychotherapy processes and specialise in the use of art-making and the creative process within the therapeutic relationship. Therefore Art Therapists go through rigorous training and ongoing registration requirements like other types of traditional “talk therapists” but have the additional ongoing training in using the healing arts within the Therapeutic process.
Kerryn Knight is a Masters’s qualified Arts Therapist, Sandplay Therapy Master Practitioner, Registered Professional Member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), and Supervisor with many years of experience in the industry and is committed to her ongoing Personal & Professional Development.
What Group Art Therapy Programs are available for my Team?
Coming from a corporate and small business background, Kerryn Knight understands the needs of organisations and your staff.
With Empowered Art Team Building Programs, Debriefing & Self Care programs are designed specifically for your workplace. Kerryn facilitates programs to bring out the best with your group at your nominated site or visit the amazing Kindred Art Space for a day out of the office in a unique, creative, and inspiring environment. Kerryn Knight has successfully run Empowered Art Team Building for executives, engineers, allied health professionals, teachers, youth workers, therapists and more.
With a unique set of creative processes that stimulate both brain hemispheres, Kerryn works with you and your staff demonstrating techniques and take-away tools for strategic planning, intuitive leadership, and creative problem-solving.
Click here for feedback from other professionals who have attended Empowered Art Team Building workshops with Kerryn.
What is Community Art ?
Community Art Projects facilitated by Kerryn Knight involves your Community, Organisation or Group bringing members together to work on something as a team and create meaningful art with an Empowering Message.
Want your Mission, Vision, and Values Statement to stand out? Get Kerryn to facilitate a Community Art Project with your Organisation and have your team creatively represent your Mission, Vision, and Values beyond words.
Kerryn works closely with a Professional Builder to Project Manage all aspects of your Community Art Project from conception to completion.
One on One Sessions:
Book a free ‘Meet and Greet’
Not sure what service feels right for you? Book a free initial 15-minute ‘Meet and Greet session with Kerryn to have a chance to meet her, make sure you feel comfortable with her and Kindred Art Space and see some of the processes that may be used in a typical session.
Book a ‘Meet and Greet’ with Kerryn on 0450 253 990
Should only people struggling with big issues seek Art Therapy?.
Art therapy can undoubtedly be beneficial for people struggling with severe physical or mental illness, addictions, trauma, or life changes, but anyone at any age can benefit from Art Therapy.
For instance, you may seek Art Therapy as a way to enrich your life experience and broaden your horizons. At the ‘Cross-Road’? As you access deeper wisdom within, Art Therapy can assist you to make important decisions. You could also use Art Therapy as a way to gain greater self-awareness. In addition, the healing arts is a wonderful method of reducing stress in your life.