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Interactive Drawing Therapy

What Is It?
How Does It Work?
What Happens During Treatment?
What Is It Used For?
Side Effects/Cautions


What Is It?
Interactive Drawing Therapy (IDT) is a recently developed psychotherapy which uses drawing and writing to complement talk therapy. The aim of this therapy is to aid the integration of left and right brain functioning, allowing access to new parts of the unconscious to facilitate personal development and healing of mental and emotional problems.

Interactive Drawing Therapy was developed in the early 1990’s by New Zealander Russell Withers after observing clients who were given the opportunity to draw and write during therapy sessions. IDT is not the same as art therapy, and requires no artistic or drawing ability.

How Does It Work?
Interactive Drawing Therapy works by helping to integrate right and left brain functioning. Drawing and writing, a visual right brain activity, is combined with left brain talking and cognitive processes, to help people access their inner resources and ability to view problems from a different perspective. This facilitates a gentle transformational process. Drawing can reveal deeply buried feelings, which the therapist can then help to resolve. IDT facilitates interaction between the client and the therapist, and is especially useful with clients who are unable or unwilling to express themselves verbally.

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What Happens During Treatment?
Interactive Drawing Therapy is used by counsellors or psychotherapists. Your therapist will listen with empathy and respect to your concerns, while giving you the opportunity to draw or write during the session. No artistic ability is needed, and interpretation of drawings or writing is not always involved. IDT can be used in either individual or group settings.

What Is It Used For?
Interactive Drawing Therapy is used to treat a variety of mental, emotional and behavioural problems such as depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, low self-esteem and stress. It is used in both crisis situations and for long term personal development work.

Side Effects/Cautions
Interactive Drawing Therapy is safe for everyone.

For more information visit: www.interactivedrawingtherapy.co.nz

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