October 8, 2017

Creative Therapy

Posted in art therapy tagged at 2:44 pm by kellyfdennis

Making art encourages self expression, assists in developing awareness of thoughts and feelings, while at the same time fostering self-discovery in a way that is different from traditional talk therapy.

While I’m not an art therapist, many of my clients have doodled, drawn, and collaged their way through some very difficult times. The American Art Therapy Association says that through the creative process people can increase their awareness of themselves and others, cope with symptoms of illness, stress, and traumatic symptoms because the creative process is a springboard for expression.

You may be reading this and think, yeah, but I don’t have a creative bone in my body. Of course you do, we all do. You don’t need to be a talented, world class artist, you just need to be able to let your hands and mind be free of self limiting thoughts when you sit down to draw, sculpt, play music, write, work with yarn, reeds, or magazine clippings.

I really like this book by Mindy Jacobson-Levy and Maureen Foy-Tormay: Finding Your Voice through Creativity. While the authors target it toward those struggling with negative body image and eating disorders, I think anyone can really use the concepts. It’s a very simple straight forward way to get started. I hope you’ll check it out and maybe dabble in some creative therapy!

Be Well and Have A Wonderful Day!

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