Kalaly Chu works with colour, music and the visual arts.
Kalaly is based in Australia.
She has the following holistic therapy qualifications:
SNHS Dip. (Colour Therapy), SNHS Dip. (Psychotherapy & Counselling) & SNHS Dip. (Philosophy)
My name is Kalaly Chu, a current PhD music education research student in Australia. Deeply thanks to The School of Natural Health Sciences, especially Julia Vaughan-Griffiths, for giving me this privilege to share what I’ve learnt from the school and how these courses have helped others.
The colour in music (tone colour or timbre) and visual arts (the usage of colour) fascinated and motivated me to write a dissertation about them. I used to be a teacher for more than 10 years (include private teaching), and had taught in a primary school, and a music centre. These working experiences enrich my knowledge about “human behaviour” and “human mind” and serves as a foundation for me to enter the realm of therapy. Apart from the teaching career, the opportunity of being an editor and illustrator also foster and deepen my understanding about the power of pictures and words. Last year, my mother, sister and I have organised our own painting exhibition.
After completing the course of “Colour Therapy” and “Psychotherapy and Counselling” in the School of Natural Health Sciences, several community centres have invited me to give talks to them about colours. The target of the audience is senior people, age from late fifties to early nineties. The content of these topics are about the psychological aspects of colours in our daily lives. In these talks, I especially draw the attention of the audience to their favourite and their least favourite colour and share with them how these inclinations reveal their emotional status and personalities. Topics about colour and diet are also given to the senior groups. The function of red, orange, yellow, green, indigo, blue and purple food (the colour order of the ‘rainbow’) are being interpreted and pair with examples and pictures for illustrations. Besides, individual colour reports are written to several friends who suffered from stress and slightly depression.
The feedbacks are positive and quite a number of them have shared that they haven’t ever thought of ‘colour’ can enter their skin, body, and alter their mind and even their emotional status. One of my friends has confessed that she loves blue/green/purple so much that she almost unconsciously excludes other beautiful colours in her life. She is now becoming a ‘bright colour’ person. Even though she still loves those colours, however, she adds lots of yellow, orange in her diet and in other occasions.
It’s a really an amazing experience to use and share the knowledge in a practical yet constructive way. These courses enhance me to assist my friends, students, relatives in their difficult times and critical moments. Further, these moments equip me to be a better teacher and researcher.
Recently, I’ve conducted a test concerning the cross-modal transfer between music and visual arts. The knowledge which I’ve learnt from this school will definitely make a difference in this research. All these experiences remind me that I’ve learnt something practical to benefit others, for people can use colour for healing apart from merely personal preference. These courses add knowledge to me in the dimension of colours and counselling.
May the power of therapy in various categories not only brighten up my spirit but also cheer up yours.