Welcome to The Arts Therapists CoLab
An innovative therapy methodology!
The Arts Therapists CoLab is a pioneering venture by two creative arts psychotherapists who felt the need to bring up collaborative work amongst arts therapists and promote well-being through the use of arts therapies in India. The organisation holds pride in bringing focus to ethical practices that are being upheld by qualified pioneers in the field of creative arts therapies. The quality of services provided by TATC in the mental wellness sector has been uncompromising where the affiliated professionals are internationally recognised for their commendable efforts in their fields. This endeavour intends to support mental health ventures that are psycho-educational and therapeutically inclined, with the aim to create compassionate, non-judgemental, safe, inclusive and empathetic spaces using the arts.
The Arts Therapists CoLab (TATC) was founded by Anshuma Kshetrapal and Preetha Ramasubramanian, who are leaders in the field of creative arts psychotherapy in India. They work as therapists, supervisors and trainers across the country and in their practice came to realise the scope of work and the power of collaboration that is required to address the potential of mental wellness in India.
Both of them have extensive experience working with adults and children across various settings and sectors in India and abroad. TATC is envisioned as a venture to mind the gaps when it comes to addressing holistic wellness, emotional intelligence and mental health through the arts.
Dr. Maitri Gopalakrishna has a PhD from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai and an MA in Counselling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. She is also a registered drama therapist (RDT) of the North American Drama Therapy Association. Her work is greatly influenced by feminism and narrative approaches. She also draws on Psychodrama, Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre in addition to core drama therapy approaches.
Maitri works with both individuals and groups in a variety of settings including schools and community centres. She is a member of staff at Parivarthan Counselling, Training and Research Centre and faculty member in the Foundation Course in Expressive and Creative Arts Therapies. She lives and works in Bangalore.
What is Creative Arts Psychotherapy?
Creative Arts Psychotherapies is an umbrella term that includes Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Drama Psychotherapy, Art Psychotherapy, Music Psychotherapy, Play therapy, storytelling therapy and more. It is essentially the intentional use of any art form or material, by a trained psychotherapist, towards the mental well-being of a client. The work focuses on the needs of the client and is rooted in depth psychology, psychoanalysis with a client centered approach, making it an effective way of working with the powerful tool of the arts and the gentle approach of psychotherapy.