ARTS & ART THERAPY
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
We are currently seeking a Co-Editor and/or Assistant Editor for this section. For more information please contact Sherri Carter at sherricarter@allthingshealing.com

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by Jean Pollack, PhD

Has life become just another thing to check off your to-do list? In my practice, many young people in their 20’s and 30’s have similar unconscious or conscious life goals that they want in a specified order — particular achievements to cross off “their list...”

 

Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: In this article, Jean Pollack helps you step back from your fast-paced, social media-driven life so that you can develop a rhythm that flows rather than resists your natural urge to rest or create. When you live a creative life, you are able to enjoy yourself, understand your purpose, know yourself and create so that you move toward more happiness.

 

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Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: Seena Frost, originator of SoulCollage®, takes the viewer through a step-by-step process of making a SoulCollage® card. Frost advocates for letting collage images speak to you during the process and tapping into your inner wisdom to learn more about the different parts of yourself through those images.

 

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

It‘s not necessary to be an artist or to have artistic skill or training to benefit from doing  art therapy. Stick figures are fine, as are scribbles. It’s the process, not the product, that’s important. Art therapists learn this, as do aspiring artists. To trust in the process is part of the wisdom of both art and art therapy. Underlying this premise is the belief that there’s an innate intelligence to the creative act...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: One of the many things I love about art therapy is its ability to surprise and delight me and to make broken things whole again. Trusting the wisdom of the creative process and the healing process gives me a great deal of respect and admiration for the vast resources of the unconscious. See Part 1 of this article here.

 

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

I have this strange - not to mention impossible - expectation to always look good, feel good, BE  good. It causes me no-end of misery and yet in all my years upon this planet, I haven’t yet managed to shift this strange and impossible expectation.  It bounces to the foreground of my being at the most inopportune times...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Doing art therapy for myself is a way for me to know what's going on for me at the moment. I've come to see it as a necessary - and enjoyable - aspect of self-care. It also provides me with the guidance I need  to make difficult decisions, to separate the past from the present, this moment from the preceding one and the one that follows, to draw boundaries between myself and another person.

 

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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Unschooling son (Brycen) and mom (Laurie) do a parody skit showing how healthy youth are misdiagnosed and drugged in order to fit into the developmentally inappropriate expectations of our society. An EpiCoutures Production! (November 4, 2011)

 

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

Phil Kent is my new landlord here in beautiful Killcare, on the Central Coast of NSW in Australia. Phil was a builder before he retired and leaving the building trade has enabled him to spend more time on his painting. Like most people I know who are involved in art, Phil doesn’t fit the stereotype of the mad artist. He’s someone who knows that, as with most things in life, it’s a matter of practicing your craft, working at it until, little by little, you start to see progress...

 

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by Geron Countess

What you will need:

   * One tie dye kit
   * A spray mist water bottle
   * A plain white cotton t-shirt

 

Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Everyone thinks of tie-dying as a product of the American hippies in the 1960's. Traditional methods of tie-dying actually started in Africa, India, and Japan as early as the sixth century. The best thing about creating articles of clothing with tie-dye is that every item you make is different. The blended colors of the dyes you choose blend differently every time, producing unique pieces of art. This is a fun craft for people of all ages!

 

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Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: Learn about art as therapy. What is art therapy? For artist, Alison Sigethy, art has a meditative quality that helps our minds to slow down and relax. The longer version of this video will be released later.

 

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by Karen Adler, ATH Asst. Editor of Arts & Art Therapy,
Diploma Transpersonal Art Therapy, Grad Dip Material Anthropology

Perhaps the best place to start my first article for All Things Healing is with my own journey to becoming an Art Therapist. A journey that’s been long and convoluted, full of twists and turns, dead-ends and road blocks, false starts and turning back and starting all over again. Ah yes, not to mention lots of being lost and consequently, lots of searching - for both my own self and for a path that would serve me well through life...

 

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by Pearl Moon

My story is about how I discovered I have Aspergers, how I’ve adapted my life accordingly and how my art is so intrinsic to keeping balance in my life...

 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Pearl Moon's art is, quite simply, beautiful - full of rich and varied and sumptuous texture, layering, colour, mixing of media. Pearl's discovery that she had Asberger's Syndrome changed her life. Her art-making is an important means of coping with her condition and of delaing with the world.

 

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by Karen Stabley,
ATH Co-Editor of Arts & Art Therapy

There can be many reasons why a heart breaks: the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job, loss of status, loss of health, betrayal by a friend, loss of a child, or loss of a childhood. All of these reasons can leave a person broken. This is an activity that takes the griever through a contemplative process that encourages them to be gentle with themselves, to grieve fully, and to open their hearts for the next step...

 

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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: This youtube video is the trailer of "a documentary narrated by Olivia de Havilland about the many benefits of arts for people with Alzheimer's. DVD available from amazon.com, frenchcx.com, artistsfor alzheimers.org and hilgos.org titled I REMEMBER BETTER WHEN I PAINT: TREATING ALZHEIMER'S THROUGH CREATIVE ARTS, produced by French Connection Films and the Hilgos Foundation."

 

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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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