Art Psychotherapy is an internationally recognize and evidence based form of psychological treatment that combines psychology/psychotherapy with the creative process of art making to allow clients to express feelings that are often difficult to express in words. It is suited for anyone–men, women, children–and all ages with psycho-social problems and / or psychiatric disorders.
The aim of Art Psychotherapy is to bring about change, development, stabilization and / or acceptance. There is a concrete work process and end result, in which the client gains insight during every session.
How can art psychotherapy help my child?
Art psychotherapy can help children in many ways, including the following:
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Meet your in-house clinician
Mrs. Amélie van den Brink-El Makkaoui, MA, MPhil, ATR
Certified child trauma and play therapist
Languages used: English & French
Locations: The Hague, Wassenaar, Risjwijk & Leiden
Hello, Bonjour! I am CBHN’s Founder as well as your in house Art Psychotherapist, or as I prefer to say, ‘I use art to help children heal’. As someone who was uprooted at the tender age of 9 from her village in Burkina Faso (West Africa) and later grew up around the world with her Dutch father and Canadian-German stepmother with her own youth challenges, I know first hand third cultural issues as well as how beneficial it would have been to have had such a service to help me navigate my youth. Furthermore, I have dedicated most of my life (thus far) to studying the use of art for children’s mental and physical healing.
Educationally I obtained my BA in Psychology/Art Therapy (Magna Cum Laude) from the College of Santa Fe (New Mexico, USA) in 2009 and MA in Art Therapy (Cum Laude) from New York University (New York, USA) in 2013. My practicum was at an in-and-outpatient psychiatric center and at a day treatment center for disadvantaged children with developmental delays-both completed in New York City; the latter became my focus and has led me to work in various clinical and non-clinical settings in the US, France, Sierra Leone, The Philippines and now the Netherlands. Ontop of my degrees, I possess two certificates: one in treating children and adolescents with trauma through play, and another in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Tapping: EvidenceBased, MindBody Treatment Approach to Anxiety Spectrum Disorders.
Professionally, I am registered with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA Art Therapy Credentials Board #15-001) and the Dutch Federatie Vaktherapeutische Beroepen (NVBT/FVB/Vaktherapie #109815).
While I can treat anyone, I specialise in treating children with special needs, specifically children with ADHD, anger management issues, and those on the autism spectrum (PDD-NOS).
My approach is psychodynamically and play oriented. In the former, I believe that there are psychological forces that underlie a child’s behavior, feelings and emotions and that they might be related to a child’s early experiences. And in the latter, I use play (ie. common boy and girl toys) to gather more information on a specific issue.
I compliment all of the above using a wide range of art medias ranging from painting, collage to clay and 3D sculpture, as well as meditation, mindfulness and very basic yoga exercises.
I can give sessions individually, in a group setting, with siblings as well as with a parent and a child (also called a ‘parent-child dyad’).
“I never knew anything about art therapy. When my mom told me about it and after finding Amélie on the internet, I thought it was cool! After going to Amélie I love it! I love making art with Amélie! She helps me to tell my feelings and problems at home and in school and how to solve them. I wish I could go everyday!”
7 year old with Aspergers
“My child who was diagnosed as 'twice gifted' worked with Amélie for a year in 2016. I cannot speak highly enough about her approach to my child's challenges. My child has improved in a lot of ways I could not imagine! For example, his tantrums have subsided tremendously. Before he use to throw and break things. Now, he uses art based techniques that help him to quickly calm down as well as being able to express himself once he is calm. Amélie really opened up his world to art and self-expression!! I have been very impressed with her practice, most especially appreciate the weekend availabilities. Thank you Amélie!”
Parent of a 4 year old diagnosed as 'twice gifted'
“Amélie and her practice is wonderful!!!! I have been to many therapists and have never felt so comfortable! My experience has been great!! She is very experienced and knowledgeable. More importantly, she truly cares deeply for her clients and that is clear in any interaction with her. I would highly recommend Amélie and her practice. ”