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 Jenn Bender

On the Saturday before Easter, 2008, I was raped by a friend. This old friend was a guy I had dated briefly in 2004, but we were not compatible as a couple. We kept in contact periodically after we broke it off, and he would stop by when he was in town and hang out a bit. On this particular day, he came by and told me he was getting married soon...


Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: When you shut off unpleasant emotions, you shut off the pleasant ones too. It is like turning off a water faucet. We need to be in touch with our emotions to connect to others. This is a beautiful writing by Jenn Bender in which she explains her disconnection from her own anger and how she reconnected to it. Jenn Bender invented the anger ball and it is a wonderful tool for anger management and healing.


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

The creation of all life has a gestation period. As does the creation of a project or an artwork or a piece of writing - anything that one wishes to bring into the world. The moment of conception isn't always recognised as such. It's often only in hindsight that  the steps and stepping stones that have lead to the creation of something new can be identified...



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Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: Janet Echelman found her voice as an artist when her paints disappeared. She was forced to try a new, very different material. Today she makes billowing, flowing, building sized sculptures. Recent prominent works include “Her Secret is Patience”, which spans two city blocks in downtown Phoenix, “Water Sky Garden”, which premiered for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and “She Changes”, which transformed a waterfront plaza in Porto, Portugal.


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by Nancy Gershman

For those who see life through a negative filter, how can we help them become unstuck from loss and regrets, trauma and remorse?  One way is to speak to the emotional brain in a language it understands – essentially sensory images, metaphors and symbols...


Editor's Note from Marie' Sakai:  Digital artist Nancy Gershman creates prescriptive "Dreamscapes" for those in need of healing as a result of grief and loss, addictive behaviors, or ruptured relationships. Nancy Gershman reviews her client's most positive memories and photos and then creates a photomontage to help the subject visualize a new life. Profound, inspirational, and provocative, this kind of healing speaks directly to the subconscious, working on all levels of the body, mind, and soul to help her clients to self-soothe in times of crisis. 


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Defining art therapy by combining historical information about one of it's pioneers, Jaynie Rhyne, and a current article utilizing the therapy.


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Creativity meets art meets dance meets technology. An amazing and beautiful short film by Alexander Huang.


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by RawVision

The development of the awareness of forms of creative expression that exist outside accepted cultural norms, or the realm of "fine art", began with the researches of psychiatrists early in the century.

The work of Dr. Morganthaler documented his patient Adolf Wolfli, a genius who produced countless thousands of works from a small cell in his Swiss asylum. Dr Hans Prinzhorn collected thousands of works by psychiatric patients...


Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: This article provides a basic overview of Outsider Art, forms of creative expression produced by those who work outside of (and sometimes against) cultural norms, formal art instruction, and societal expectations. Originally born from art produced by patients of psychiatric hospital, outsider art now embraces a larger community of artists working and living on the fringes of society.



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Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: A young man studying to become an art teacher fights to regain use of his hands after a stroke.


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: New resarch by leading neuroscientist Professor Zeki has concluded that what happens in our brains when we view art is more than just good for your health - and can have a big impact on the nation's happiness.  In a series of pioneering brain-mapping experiments, Semir Zeki, Professor of Neurobiology and Neuroaesthetics at University College London, has revealed that viewing art can give just as much pleasure as being in love.


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Art Psychotherapist Carrie Wicks explains her approach to Art Therapy and what makes Art Therapy particularly effective for personal growth.


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Editor's Note from Marie Sakai: Sometimes it's easy to forget the simplicity that life is. It's easy to believe that we don't have everything. But this movie by filmmaker Louie Schwartzherg reminds us that life is a gift and most importantly our life, our world, each other-we are all part of this amazing creation that is art. Inspirational narrative spoken from Brother David Steindl-Rast will speak to your heart, as he says, "Open your Heart. Open your Heart to the World." And there, you will find the transformation you are yearning to become. We all have this deepness inside of us. Cultivate it. Nurture it. And we will all grow in the artwork of our dreams coming true. 2012 is all about seeing your dreams realized. Be blessed.

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Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: Peter Danko is an incredible furniture designer. He has pieces in the Smithsonian Museum. This video shows his innovative kitchen and allows you to meet him in his own home. To see more of his furniture art visit his website



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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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