What are Arts & Art Therapy? In this forum, Arts & Art Therapy will be curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Art is a visual representation of the inner and outer world as seen through the eyes of the artist. At All Things Healing, art therapy is curated to reflect the expression of growth and inspiration. Learn more about art therapy – healing art therapy & visual art therapy by visiting us online today!

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(Asst Editor: Karen Adler, Dip TPAT)  Karen Stabley is a speaker, therapist, relationship coach and teacher. Karen is an interactive, solution-focused therapist with a tr...
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Karen Stabley, MCAT, ATR, BC
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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: A short informational video about Crestwood Bridgehouse, an adult care facility that uses Art to help the residents.


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by Karen Adler,
ATH Asst. Editor of Arts & Art Therapy

I will wrap myself around the earth, around the whole of the earth, around her roundness. I will feel the concave cavities of her valleys and the sharpness of her mountains. I will grow moist from her seas and oceans, her rivers and lakes, her cool, clear streams. I will feel the moisture of her rainforests and the dryness of her deserts. My skin will be wet from droplets of water that fly from rain-wet trees whipped by wind. My skin will be parched by the touch of  hot sand...


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Based in Toronto, the Creative Works Studio offers healing and recovery through creative arts. The studio provides an oasis from the daily rigors and challenges of life for people living with long term mental illness or addictions. Through outreach, the studio strives to educate and reduce stigmatization. The Creative Works Studio is an art and development program founded by St. Michael's Hospital, Inner City Health program in partnership with The Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes Inc.


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by Stella Stepney, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT
Self-actualization has been described as person’s desire for self-improvement, or the drive to make actual what he or she is potentially. Creativity is the ability to bring something new into being or to produce work that is both novel and useful. The stages of creativity include preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification...


Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: The first in a series of interviews with leaders in the field of art therapy, board certified art therapist Stella Stepney discusses the role art plays in building resilience and reaching personal potential.


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Carol Olson, ATR-BC

I started out as an artist with an interest in people and social causes. Someone directed me to art therapy as a means to combine artistic expression and helping others and social causes as well...



Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: Board certified art therapist, Carol Olson, reflects on the value of her education and professional credentials in her work as an art therapist, administrator, and expert witness.


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by Glenda Needs,
BA, GradDip CAT, MDisSt, GradCertNeuroSc

One question I am frequently asked in my role as an art therapist and teacher is “How does art heal?”   As any art therapist will tell you, art making is a healing process, but our understanding about how this happens is not yet clear.  Some interesting studies over the past few years demonstrate that art making is not merely a distraction technique, but that it can be a significant mood regulator...


Editor's Note from Karen Adler: This article looks at some of the research which illustrates the effectiveness of art therapy as a mental health tool.


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by Rebecca A. Leonard, MA

As an Expressive Arts Therapist and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have been using different forms of expressive art therapy in my job at a hospital in San Francisco for nearly five years now. It is only recently, after my attendance at the Touch Drawing Gathering last summer, that I have had the tools and the training to bring Touch Drawing into the hospital as a form of therapy for those recovering from illness, as well as introduce this process into my private practice...


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Editor's Note from Marie' Sakai: Three Ahn sisters: cellist Maria, pianist Lucia, and violinist Angella give a breath-taking performance as the beauty of the music takes flight. They start with the bright and poppy "Skylife," by David Balakrishnan...


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by Amy Hitchcock

I am a self-taught assemblage artist (B.A. in art history), living in Jamaica Plain Massachusetts with my husband and 9-year-old daughter. In 2001, I was 37 years old and experiencing what would be my first symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. My body below my ribs was partially numb with a pins-and-needles sensation throughout...


Editor's Note from Marie' Sakai: Beautifully written and inspirational, Amy tells her story as she struggled with MS and found art to be the one thing that kept her going, kept her inspiration, and most importantly found a deepness of healing in her artwork.


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by Deborah Koff-Chapin
from the book Eyes of the Soul, by Phil Rubinov Jacobson, forward by Ken Wilbur

While growing up, I held the artist as my highest ideal. In living close to the source of creation, the artist was close to the heart of God. During the tumultuous upheavals of the sixties, my involvement with art served as a stabilizing element...


Editor's Note from Marie' Sakai: This is Deborah's art journey as she finds herself drawn to abstractions within the beauty of the figure. Timeless and imaginative, her writing tells it all! From going to art school and then having her 'ah-ha' moment and through this she found her voice, her desire, and her dreams to fulfill the beauty of art through the human figure.


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Deborah Corrington, ATR-BC

I remember when I learned that there was such a thing as art therapy. I was sitting on a log on a pebbled beach in West Seattle, watching the lights from Whidby Island sparkle off the water in Puget Sound. I remember that it was summer, the sky was clear, and the cool, salty breeze would gently pass by my face...


Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: Board certified art therapist, Deborah Corrington, shares her professional journey from inception, through education, to touching the lives of countless individuals through the healing power of art.


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by Allison Havens

The small group of adventurous and well-behaved artists with good listening skills existed only in my dreams. It was time for me to face the reality of facilitating drawing and visioning exercises for a class of 30-40 middle schoolers who have a hard time concentrating for longer then five minutes and whose greatest fear is embarrassment in front of their peers...


Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: ArtCorps artist, Allison Havens, prohibits rulers and erasers in her middle school art workshops in Honduras in order to challenge her students to focus more on putting themselves in their art than on drawing straight lines and perfect houses.


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The Alternate Selves of the Artist

Sonia Weiss Durga 1929-2008

Art can be used to heal a psyche or express parts of that psyche that have no other avenue of expression. Sonia Weiss Durga's art is a good example of this. She was a deep, complex person with many aspects to her being.



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