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Kapiti Art Therapy

Hi, my name is Corrinne Allan,  I am a qualifed Art Therapist based here on the Kapiti Coast.

  • NZ Diploma's in Art Therapy, Mindfulness thought processing and in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

  • Knowledge of Ketogenic diet 

  • Member ART WELL organisation, official body.

My work experience includes working with - IHC, Displexia, Discaculia

I am a skilled Art Therapist, I draw upon mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy. I use natural earth colours and encourage clients to mix their own personal colours. I use different techniques to support self expression of emotions in a non verbal gentle way. Colours tell a story and colours can help individuals to balance heal themselves. 

Every person will unconsciously mix or choose colours to their personal preference. Through using simple painting techniques you will notice over a period of 6-8 weeks a significant change with the use of colour that will heal trauma, shocks, unhappiness etc. As this is a non verbal technique it is ideal for everyone to connect with their emotions in a safe way. As aspergers, dispraxia, dislexia, discaculia, ADD, autism, anxiety are an imbalance of the left brain and Art therapy will stimulate the right side of the brain which over time balance symptoms out.


Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. 

The creative process involved in expressing one’s self artistically can help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.

You don’t need to be talented or an artist to receive the benefits, and there are professionals that can work with you to dive into the underlying messages communicated through your art, which will aid in the healing process.

Art therapy can achieve different things for different people. It can be used for counseling by therapists, healing, treatment, rehabilitation, psychotherapy, and in the broad sense of the term, it can be used to massage one’s inner-self in a way that may provide the individual with a deeper understanding of him or herself.


Art therapists are trained in both therapy and art, and have studied and mastered both psychology and human development, having received a Master’s Degree. There are various requirements for becoming an art therapist as well as certifications which means they are masters when it comes to using art as a springboard for everything from a general assessment of another person’s state to treatment for aiding serious illness. Art therapists can work with people of all ages, sex, creed, et al. They can help an individual, a couple, a family, or groups of people and depending on the situation, there may be numerous therapists working together as a clinical team.

Art therapists are trained to pick up on nonverbal symbols and metaphors that are often expressed through art and the creative process, concepts that are usually difficult to express with words. It is through this process that the individual really begins to see the effects of art therapy and the discoveries that can be made.


Police check vetting report available to view.  Art therapy benefits children, adults, families and groups.

Areas of special interest include:
Emotional stress, Asperger's, ADD - Dispraxia, Dislexia, Discaculia, Motor skill difficulties, Balance difficulties
Anxieties, Self esteem, Addiction problems, Trauma, Separation, Grief, Spiritual mindset, positive thought process

Luscher Colour Diagnostic Test
The Luscher colour test is a psychological test, where the colour selection is guided by the unconscious mind to reveal to the real person and not how the person perceives themselves and will show a spectum of personality and traits. 

Art Therapy also helps with:
Balance and coordination, Muscle strength, School readiness, Planning daily activities, Budgeting every day life
Handwriting difficulties, Sensory processing disorders, Memory and concentration, Feeding (picky eaters)

  • Assessment is on an individual bases and programs developed as needed

  • Group therapy is available

  • Family support

  • Education for parents

  • Many resources and recommendations


Corinne Allan
8 Ruru Street
Waikanae, New Zealand

M. 027 246 4488
E. cojo_allan@yahoo.co.nz