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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by Jenn Bender

Although my mind believes it is wise and knows best, it really doesn’t. My heart has more wisdom because it knows the greatest heights of joy and the deepest depths of pain. My brain decided it needed to have a talk with my heart about how hard it was working to protect it...


Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: According to Britannica Online, art is "the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others." Jennifer Bender shares her art that can only be seen with the mind's eye.


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by Bliss Cavanagh

1. What was the inspiration for Sensory Delight?

Drawn from my personal experience of living with Tourette syndrome, Sensory Delight marks the professional development from my Bachelor of Fine Art Honours work ‘Sensory Overload...


Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I LOVE Bliss Cavanagh's story! As both an art therapist and an artist, I view her use of art and the creative process to deal with her Tourette syndrome, as a profound validation of the power of art to heal and enlighten. Her story is a perfect example of mythologist Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey - a descent to her deeper self, her return bearing gifts and knowledge of benefit to both herself and the wider community. Bliss's transformation via art is also a story of self-acceptance, of learning to use and work with her Tourrette's rather than continually trying to 'fix' herself of something that has emerged, via her art, as her greatest gift.


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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 Tim Murray

I have just finished writing Book 92 of my diary and it now sits on the shelf in my study joining about two metres of similar volumes! They may never be opened again and that really doesn’t matter. The process is the thing...


Editor´s Note from Karen Adler: I met Tim Murray at breakfast after the exhibition opening of some friends. He noticed that I was scribbling away in my visual diary and that I was writing rather than drawing. A conversation on the practice of keeping a diary ensued. I mentioned that, as an art therapist - my business name is The Journey Journal - I link journalling with the journey archetype and see the combination of the two as being a perfect match. This article is Tim's simple, eloquent and heartfelt testimony of what keeping a diary has given him in his life.


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Via youtube - 'HUMBLE BEAUTY: Skid Row Artists is a documentary about how art changed and saved the lives of talented homeless and formerly homeless residents of the worst area of Los Angeles known as Skid Row. Art transformed their lives. Currently airing nationwide on public TV stations. Check your local PBS station for HUMBLE BEAUTY.


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: The Arbor is a Texas Recovery Program. It utilizes many Specialized Services such as Art Therapy in its drug treatment program.


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

Returning to our origins – our own creation stories – whether they be familial or cultural, is a worthwhile exercise at Christmas time, which brings to mind birth and beginnings...

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: We are all storytellers. Sometimes the stories we tell ourselves are fairy tales with a happily-ever-after ending. Sometimes they're horror stories where everyone suffers and ultimately dies a lonely, miserable death. The imagination is a powerful place and it's wise to know who's speaking inside us. This adaptation of a Creation Story made me realise the power of the stories we tell ourselves and also the power of the stories we inherit - both from our culture and from our families.


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

Last year, I wrote an article for about the 13th Annual Mental Health : Art Works! exhibition at Gosford Regional Art Gallery.


Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Garry Purchase is an indigenous Australian whose bloodline stems from the Dunghutti people of Kempsey on the far north coast of NSW. Garry was raised in the eastern suburbs of Sydney with his parents, 2 sisters and a large extended family amongst the Aboriginal community at La Perouse. Garry now lives on the NSW Central Coast with his wife Natalie and three sons Ayden, Tyson and Kobe. He


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by Karen Stabley, MCAT, ATR, BC,
ATH Co-Editor of Art & Art Therapy

One of my younger clients – a twelve year old boy – lost his mother last year in a fatal car accident. She was killed out of state while visiting friends. I have been working with Cam to help him express his feeling related to this tragic loss. Cam has been painting in the art therapy sessions, as well as on his own to express the anger, sadness and confusion he feels, related to this loss...

Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: It never ceases to amaze me just how much is revealed in our art work. Everything we need to begin healing is inside of us. Sometimes it just takes someone on the outside to help us find those answers.


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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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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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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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