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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by Jeannie Lawson

the only safe place in a storm
is in the eye
curl inside and wait
time stands still...


Editor's Note from Karen Adler: As a poet, and also as someone who's suffered from depression and anxiety in the past, I discovered the power of poetry in dealing with my own difficult emotional states. As an art therapist, I use all art forms to help inform clients of their inner world. I initially asked Jeannie if she'd send me some poems for Mental Health Month, which is September here in Australia. Much time has elapsed since then but Jeannie's poetry still shows the beauty and power of working with our emotions in poetic form, bringing about an alchemical transformation so that depression is lessened, lightened but also given the validation it warrants as a signpost to our inner world.


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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: One of my fabulous little clients taught me about these whimsical fairies, and I wanted to share them with you. These fairies are used therapeutically by giving them special powers to relieve anxiety or for comfort when facing difficult situations. You may want to discuss what issues they could help with as you make them with your 8-10 year old friend or client. They are fun and magical, and everything used to make them can be purchased at the Dollar Store.


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

“Someone once asked me, 'Why do you always insist on taking the hard road?'

I replied, 'Why do you assume I see two roads?'”... 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I came to see Depression/Anxiety as a place - a town along the journey of my life, somewhere I used to live for a period of my life after my mother died. It's a place I refuse to take up residence in ever again. Art therapy and writing help me veer clear and take another road. Read Part 1: Giving Sorrow Words : Writing and Depression.


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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Matt thinks travel is important. It helps us learn what we're capable of, that the path laid in front of us isn't the only one we can choose, and that we don't need to be so afraid of each other all the time.  This little video is like taking a trip around the world with a smile on your face. There ARE happy people out there, all around the world!  This piece of art is one of the happiest videos that you may ever be privileged to view. It's a great production!  I hope you dance! 


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

A month or so ago, my life seemed to consist of window cleaning. I was cleaning windows at the Franciscan Monastery in Stroud and I was cleaning windows at a friend’s house down Washpool Road. At both places, I could look through the newly see-through glass to green hills and countryside, the vast vistas of open space and clean air I’ve become addicted to since my escape from the brain-boiling heat of Central Qld and the soul-destroying noise and congestion of Sydney...


Editor's Note from Karen Adler: As an art therapist, I combine both art and writing in the form of storytelling. The combination of the two can be immensely effective from a therapeutic perspective. The natural synergy between words and images - think of some of the stunningly beautiful children's books which combine a simple and yet profound story with some of the best art imaginable - enables a deeper level of insight than can be accomplished by using only one form of expression.

Writing, when approached from a therapeutic perspective usually yields a power, richness and depth of imagery and meaning which acts as a powerful catalyst for self-understanding and the possibility of change.


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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Cheryl Strayed says that she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail because she was none of the things that the trail was. She was not "magnificent, grand, significant, or beautiful" but she wanted to be in that world and thought that being a very small part of that world might help her figure out her own life. We need the beauty and magnificence of nature for many things. We need it to to inspire us to make incredible works of art, transport us to new and different life experiences, and heal us from the pain that we inflict on each other. Cheryl Strayed's journey is one of self-discovery and the art of healing. I hope that this excerpt inspires you to read the rest of her book.


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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Paper beads are a great way to recycle old magazines, junk mail and newspapers. They are are attractive, inexpensive, and can be used in a variety of projects. This tutorial is a demonstration on making fun paper beads. Enjoy!


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Christa Barnell is a fine artist living and working in Carbondale, Ill. Despite her chronic daily headache, Christa supports herself with art—and uses it as a sort of therapy. ChronicBabe caught up with Christa about her work, her headache, and everything in between...


Editor’s Note: Christa's artwork conveys deep and poignant messages that reflect her internal world. She uses her artwork as a form of therapy to cope with her chronic daily headache. Her colorful palette illuminates her paintings as well as the subdued hues that speak of deep emotions...


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by Debra Lansdowne

I am currently a student of Transpersonal Art Therapy in Sydney, Australia. My working life has covered 40 years of various twists and turns all taking me to the point where I stand now, in my mid 50’s, feeling I have many life experiences to share with others in my community. I was looking for a new direction in my working life that would be creative, joyful and assist others to find their joy...


Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Debra Lansdowne is studying Transpersonal Art Therapy and gaining immensely from the experience. I asked her to write an article for ATH about designing a ritual to enable her to deal with any left-over 'stuff' from her adolescent years. Debra's story is a lovely example of the additional insights which can be gained by incorporating the arts and the mind-body connection in a creative way. Working with all our senses, honouring the wisdom of our body and creating meaningful rituals for ourselves can lead to profound healing which may not always happen via more conventional, mainstream methods.


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by Liesa Catharina Kyriacou

SoulArt commissioned paintings are personal paintings created through prayer and meditation.

There are different types of SoulArt paintings available so please take the time to read about what this artist can offer you...



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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Dot-to-Dot projective drawings are used in art therapy as both a diagnostic and on-going therapy tool to help clients get in touch with unconscious thoughts and feelings. In this video, I take the viewer through the steps of creating a dot-to-dot drawing and through a simplified analysis. This is a great exercise for people with writer's block.


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by David Gerbstadt

When I tell my best friend the state of affairs, he tells me, “You have gotten this far -- over 1,800 days -- and everyday you have enough to get through the day. Enough: food, shelter, money, and love...


Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that has many of the same symptoms as depression, but  occurs after a person has seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. This is an article by artist, David Gerbstadt. He wrote this as a blog entry to describe his daily life and how he is coping with PTSD.


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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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