The Art of Healing: Processing Grief & Loss Through Guided Drawing Art Therapy

04 Jun 2023
9:00 am to 11:30 am
Adults (18 Yrs+)
Event type
In-Person Workshop

Are you currently experiencing grief or loss, or recognize that you are going through a time of transition with difficulty in identifying or expressing your feelings? Do you find yourself easily overwhelmed, or recognize behavioral patterns that you want to change, but are not sure how?


You don’t need to have artistic abilities to benefit from art therapy. Many of us often struggle to understand our feelings with our minds, or to express them with words. Our emotional experiences might be too complex or overwhelming for us to examine or shift, and we may need a different process to approach this potentially daunting task. Art therapy can act as an anchor.

This group process is best suited for individuals who:

  • Find it difficult to identify and express your feelings
  • Get easily overwhelmed by your feelings
  • Have become aware of behavioral patterns that you seek to change
  • Want to deepen the connection with your body and physical sensations
  • Want to complement your current talk therapy process for anxiety, depression or grief with an embodied, non-verbal process


In this group, you will be supported to express yourself in a safe and contained way through guided drawing experiences. You will be provided with an opportunity to spontaneously and organically:

  • Increase your capacity for feelings and for meeting those feelings with acceptance and compassion.
  • Enhance your self-awareness and emotional intelligence.
  • Increase understanding of your own inner world.
  • Learn safe and containing ways for soothing difficult emotions.
  • Experience shifts in your limiting beliefs.

What to expect?

With your eyes closed, you will be guided through drawing exercises that allow you to connect with your feelings and experience doing things differently to safely express emotions, integrate aspects of yourself that might have been lost, or strengthen a resolve without engaging in the detailed story of what happened. The experience will facilitate a deepening of awareness, healing and growth, with any future sessions you choose to attend further strengthening and supporting your own unique journey. No sharing will be expected during this group, but time for reflection will be given.


This art therapy approach has been honed over forty years by Cornelia Elbrecht, Founder and Director of the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy and School for Initiatic Art Therapy. It is informed by neurobiological insights into human stress responses and the latest research and development in psychological trauma and the therapeutic impact of body-based approaches. The approach encourages listening to inner guidance, to what the body needs to restore self- esteem, balance and health.

For more information on Guided Drawing, you can watch:

Facilitated by

Juan Van Wyk

Juan Van Wyk

Clinical Psychologist