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Culinary therapy encompasses cooking and cooking-related activities coupled with counselling approaches. It is a form of art therapy that employs cooking as an instrument for self-expression and behavioural activation. The main goal is to alleviate negative emotions by increasing goal-oriented behaviours and engaging all 5 senses. By boosting positive mindful activities, it helps to curb procrastination and passivity. Engaging in a creative activity allow clients to express themselves through other mediums.

“Cooking has therapeutic value physically, cognitively, socially and intra-personally. Physically, cooking requires good movement in shoulders, fingers, wrists, elbow, neck, as well as good overall balance. Adequate muscle strength is needed in upper limbs for lifting, mixing, cutting and chopping. Furthermore, sensory awareness is important in the process of cooking.” This is the therapeutic value that was noted by the University of Alberta.

Benefits of Culinary Therapy includes:

  • Learning valuable life skills
  • Gain insights to one’s behaviours or perceptions
  • Stress management
  • Builds confidence and self-esteem
  • Increases sense of accomplishment
  • Reduce activity and social withdrawal
  • Allows for control (increases internal locus of control)
  • Improves sensory awareness
  • Improves physical & mental health
  • Planning and organisation skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Time management skills
  • Communication skills
  • Relief from boredom
  • Improves memory, attention and focus
  • Pleasure provoking, and rewarding

Culinary Therapy can be helpful in the management of:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Addiction

Session pricing

  • $260 / session, all inclusive
  • Session duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
  • Conducted at client’s or therapist’s home

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