February 24, 2014

Art Therapy as a Way to Self Soothe

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 8:51 pm by kellyfdennis

ImageIn her book, The Art Therapy Sourcebook, art therapist Cathy Malchiodi describes various art exercises for a variety of individuals. Art is often used in therapy to help clients work through difficult emotions and express them in a way that’s meaningful to them. This art activity is designed to create a space for soothing, after the difficult emotions are dealt with.

 Self Soothing Image Book:

You can use images to “self-soothe and create positive sensations,” Malchiodi says in her book. For this exercise, you’ll need 10 or more sheets of 8 ½ x 11-inch paper, magazines, colored paper, collage materials, scissors and glue.

Start by thinking about pleasant sensory experiences, such as landscapes, sounds, scents, tastes, textures and anything else that makes you feel tranquil or happy; and write them down. Cut out images that match those experiences out of your magazines and other collage materials.

Then paste those images onto the paper. You can organize the images by composition or textures, the environment and other categories. Pull together all your papers, create a cover and figure out how you’d like to bind your book. (For instance, you can punch holes in the papers and put them in a binder.)

Afterward, write down your general thoughts and feelings. And specifically, think about how you felt while choosing the images. Ask yourself “Which sensory images did I favor over others? Why?” Continue adding to your book whenever you like.

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