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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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Wow! Sometimes you see something - and I emphasise the word 'see' because I am, after all, an art therapist - that so clearly and simply illustrates something deeply complex, that you 'get it'. This is the case in Dr. Robert Lefever's cartoon on addiction. The material is presented in the simplest form possible - childish drawings - and the voiceover is children's voices. The juxtaposition of the horrors and destructiveness of addiction alongside the imagery and voices of children is the source of the power of this brilliant piece of film making.


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by Jo Kelly

I have always done artwork for myself as a child and young person and went to art school to study art in my early twenties after living in Papua New Guinea and being a ceramicist.  However, I found art school frustrating and eventually trained as a teacher with art as my main subject area...


Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Art therapy is relatively unknown in Australia. It's not as well-established as it is in the UK or in the US. I came across Jo Kelly via linkedin and she very generously shared information about her work as an rt therapist and her PhD research. Jo hopes that her PhD will add to the body of research regarding art therapy in Australia and contribute to early intervention and mental health options for young people.


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From YouTube - 'Picking up a paint brush or decorating a mask is something we often associate with child's play. But it turns out that art-making has the power to do much more. War News Radio's Elliana Bisgaard-Church reports on the healing effects of art therapy for trauma victims, specifically for combat soldiers home from Iraq and Afghanistan.'


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: This youtube clip states that, "Karin used art therapy to deal with her eating disorder. Now she makes spoon pendants and sees the beauty that can be created out of mistakes."


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by Sarah Leavitt

I’ve always had a really bad memory. So when my mother got Alzheimer’s disease, I knew that I had to record what was happening to her and to our family. I wanted to be able to look back over my notes and remember all the moments of craziness, beauty, and tragedy -- and not lose any of them...

Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Sarah Leavitt uses the art of comics to give the extraordinarily moving and vivid account of living with and loving a family member with Alzheimer's. The details are filled with humor and insight. The book will leave you breathless, heartbroken, and profoundly grateful.


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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 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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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: An advertiement re. arts education that could just as easily be applied to the benefits of art therapy.


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by Hollie Chantiles

Lie down or sit comfortably in a chair with both feet on the floor.

Breathe in and out … yes in AND out … we have a tendency to forget the OUT part when we are concentrating on something new and not quite comfortable for us. Do this for about 3 minutes, keeping one hand on the chest above your heart, and the other on your navel to feel the passage of breath...


Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: This is an excerpt from the book Finding Sweet Home by Hollie Chantiles. Her book is a collection of entries from her journal and blog. It has pictures that she has painted and images that she has painted. She started this project 4 years ago and one of the first things she completed were some answers to a very simple sounding question, "What does HOME mean to you? This is a meditation that she did to find answers to that question.


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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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