Angie Richardson - Clinical Arts Therapy programme
“After having breast cancer I wanted a new career that combined my background in psychotherapy, counselling, drama, children, teaching and healing but I wasn’t sure how to until I heard about the arts therapy masters degree,” says expressive arts therapist, Angie Richardson.
Because of the flexibility of the programme Angie continued working as a drama-therapist at a special school in West Auckland while studying. She still works there part time, as well as working as art therapist and student liaison for Spark Centre of Creative Development.
“I also facilitate arts therapy groups for Alzheimer’s Auckland for clients who have dementia, run other workshops and have my own practice, The Chrysalis,” she adds.
She says the Whitecliffe arts therapy programme highlighted the power of the creative arts as a process of self-expression to therapeutically resolve difficulties, integrate life experiences and allow people to explore their potential.
“I am now able to utilise this to empower others to explore their own creativity for healing and growth,” explains Angie.