Beginning Therapy

If you are unsure of how to begin with creative therapy, MAGIS can help you begin your journey through an intake session. This intake session with a mental health clinician (either a psychotherapist or psychologist) can help you identify your goals in healing, and guide you towards a recommended plan for treatment. In some cases, Psychological Assessments may also be recommended.

Client Journey

  1. Intake session (may include an interview with client’s parents, if client is below 18) that includes client history, goal-setting, and treatment planning.
  2. Regular 60-min sessions scheduled with regular intervals, according to clinician’s recommendation

About Creative Therapies at MAGIS

Ages

Varied (see specific age range for specialisms below)

What do we do?

Our Creative Therapies are forms of Psychotherapy where multiple art modalities and expressive arts-based approaches are at the center of the healing process. These are based on the premise that “learning by making” with the help of a trained clinician, can help individuals reconnect with their inherent ability to self-heal and shape their own lives within a therapeutic relationship (one-on-one or in groups). The arts are integrated into this therapeutic relationship that involves verbal and non-verbal communication. 

Foundational objectives in these therapies include creating spaces where individuals and groups can:

  • experience safety
  • grow in self-awareness
  • self-expression
  • self-regulation
  • self-confidence
  • self-compassion
  • engage in creative problem-solving

Expressive Arts therapists are credentialed mental health clinicians educated both in the Philippines and abroad. They are trained to treat mild to severe issues with a proper multi-disciplinary team (psychiatrist, primary care physician, other therapists, other family members) including:

  • mood disorders: depression, suicidality, bipolar disorder
  • anxiety disorders: generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, selective mutism, panic disorders, social anxiety
  • mental disorders
  • behavioral issues
  • developmental delays
  • general problems with daily living; severe/chronic stress
  • trauma: complex, developmental, PTSD

How do we do it?

Creative Therapies at MAGIS follow the clinical format of psychotherapy. For more information on how this is done, click here.


EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY

All ages 

Expressive Arts Therapy is a psychotherapy session where multiple art modalities and expressive arts-based approaches are at the center of the healing process.

These are based on the premise that “learning by making” with the help of a trained clinician, can help individuals reconnect with their inherent ability to self-heal and shape their own lives within a therapeutic relationship (one-on-one or in groups). The arts are integrated into this therapeutic relationship that involves verbal and non-verbal communication.

DANCE/MOVEMENT THERAPY

All ages 

Let’s move. 

DMT involves the integration of movement as a medium for non-verbal communication and expression during a psychotherapy session.  In therapy, dance and movement are used as scientifically-based somatic, body-centered non-intrusive approaches that engage individuals in the process of healing, facilitating the discovery or re-connection with ones embodied self.

The MAGIS Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) holds an advanced degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and is a registered mental health clinician.  She helps address behavioral, emotional and other clinical issues by encouraging body-mind-spirit integration, relatedness, body awareness, expanding the movement repertoire, and developing self-confidence and self-identity.

Dance/Movement Therapy Goals:

  • Body, mind and spirit integration
  • Relatedness and socialization
  • Increased body awareness
  • Expand movement repertoire
  • Develop self-confidence and self-identity

ART THERAPY

Ages 4 and up

Let’s make.

Art Therapy involves the use of the visual arts, in addition to talk therapy and other mindfulness activities, during a psychotherapy session.  The three-fold dynamic between the client, therapist and the art are central to the healing process. The process of art-making offers clients an opportunity to

explore and experiment with various art materials and supplies and shape the work at his or her own pace. This allows the client to reconnect with his or her capacity for self-determination.

MAGIS Art Therapists hold advanced degrees in Art Therapy and are Board Certified (ATR-BC). As clinically trained mental health professionals they address a range of behavioral, emotional, and other clinical issues using visual arts and counseling as the medium for therapy, creating a space where the client has the opportunity to engage in a non-verbal exploration of his or her concerns, and make tangible that which is difficult to verbalize.

Art Therapy goals:

  1. Creating a safe space for the exploration of the individual or group’s presenting concerns
  2. Exploring thoughts, memories, mindsets, and themes
  3. Enhance capacity to articulate thoughts and feelings
  4. Develop self-awareness, self-identity, self-agency
  5. Develop/process natural responses to tactile and visual stimuli

MUSIC AS THERAPY

All ages 

Let’s find your sound.

Music as Therapy addresses a range of behavioral, emotional, and other clinical issues using music, sound as the medium for psychotherapy.  Music Therapy is a process in which a mental health clinician encourages well-being and healing through the intentional use of musical instruments, movement and rhythm, and the performing and visual arts.

Music as Therapy is offered at MAGIS by a registered psychologist with an advanced degree in expressive arts therapy, specializing in the therapeutic use of music with individual clients and groups.

Music Therapy goals:

  1. Process thoughts, memories, mindsets, and themes
  2. Open new avenues of non-verbal communication
  3. Increase/enhance capacity to cope in challenging situations
  4. Develop self-regulation and self-identity
  5. Develop/process natural responses sensorimotor and auditory stimuli


Online Services

All forms of therapy mentioned above are available as teletherapy, through secure online platforms. We also have additional online services to suit different needs and circumstances.

Email-based psychosocial support
This support package is designed for those who are able to connect more securely and/or comfortably with a professional through the medium of writing.

One 45-minute video call may also be availed in this package if the client chooses to or if the therapist recommends it.

Group Therapy
This is offered as a 5-session package, and brings together the therapeutic relationship into a communal space of a small group of a maximum of 5 people.