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 Rebecca A. Leonard, MA

As an Expressive Arts Therapist and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have been using different forms of expressive art therapy in my job at a hospital in San Francisco for nearly five years now. It is only recently, after my attendance at the Touch Drawing Gathering last summer, that I have had the tools and the training to bring Touch Drawing into the hospital as a form of therapy for those recovering from illness, as well as introduce this process into my private practice...


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Editor's Note from Marie' Sakai: Three Ahn sisters: cellist Maria, pianist Lucia, and violinist Angella give a breath-taking performance as the beauty of the music takes flight. They start with the bright and poppy "Skylife," by David Balakrishnan...


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by Amy Hitchcock

I am a self-taught assemblage artist (B.A. in art history), living in Jamaica Plain Massachusetts with my husband and 9-year-old daughter. In 2001, I was 37 years old and experiencing what would be my first symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. My body below my ribs was partially numb with a pins-and-needles sensation throughout...


Editor's Note from Marie' Sakai: Beautifully written and inspirational, Amy tells her story as she struggled with MS and found art to be the one thing that kept her going, kept her inspiration, and most importantly found a deepness of healing in her artwork.


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by Deborah Koff-Chapin
from the book Eyes of the Soul, by Phil Rubinov Jacobson, forward by Ken Wilbur

While growing up, I held the artist as my highest ideal. In living close to the source of creation, the artist was close to the heart of God. During the tumultuous upheavals of the sixties, my involvement with art served as a stabilizing element...


Editor's Note from Marie' Sakai: This is Deborah's art journey as she finds herself drawn to abstractions within the beauty of the figure. Timeless and imaginative, her writing tells it all! From going to art school and then having her 'ah-ha' moment and through this she found her voice, her desire, and her dreams to fulfill the beauty of art through the human figure.


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Deborah Corrington, ATR-BC

I remember when I learned that there was such a thing as art therapy. I was sitting on a log on a pebbled beach in West Seattle, watching the lights from Whidby Island sparkle off the water in Puget Sound. I remember that it was summer, the sky was clear, and the cool, salty breeze would gently pass by my face...


Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: Board certified art therapist, Deborah Corrington, shares her professional journey from inception, through education, to touching the lives of countless individuals through the healing power of art.


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by Allison Havens

The small group of adventurous and well-behaved artists with good listening skills existed only in my dreams. It was time for me to face the reality of facilitating drawing and visioning exercises for a class of 30-40 middle schoolers who have a hard time concentrating for longer then five minutes and whose greatest fear is embarrassment in front of their peers...


Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: ArtCorps artist, Allison Havens, prohibits rulers and erasers in her middle school art workshops in Honduras in order to challenge her students to focus more on putting themselves in their art than on drawing straight lines and perfect houses.


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by Aneesha Parrone

“When I walk into the room, several women are selecting yarns, untangling skeins. More wander in, some in walkers. There is a grace hanging about the room. Their smiles are gentle. Quietude pervades the room. It is not energy of silent lack, but that of a garden gently swaying in the wind...“


Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: Together, an art therapist and fiber artist inspire residents at an assisted living facility to interpret dance into a woven community tapestry. Through the process and product, residents reflect on their own creativity, connections, and memories.


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by Dorota Kozinska

In 2001, Earl and Gary spent a lot of time with an ill friend at the Royal Victoria Hospital, and during their frequent visits, they could not help but notice the blandness of the surroundings. It struck them, how this lack of visual stimulus added to the overall sadness of the hospital environment, affecting all, patients, staff and visitors alike and especially so their dying friend, who was an artist himself.

Around the same time, Earl got involved in organizing an art exhibition with Montreal writer and art critic, Dorota Kozinska...


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Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: HomeFront homeless shelter clients are encouraged to paint during their stay not only as a therapeutic outlet but as a way to help them shatter stereotypes about homelessness and to regain a sense of purpose and identity.


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by Alexandra Blaney

Nobody likes going to hospitals.  The muted colors, the sterile smells, everybody looks like they wish they were somewhere else.  And that’s just in the lobbies.  Going into the actual treatment rooms where patients are surrounded by huge and frightening looking machines is even worse...



Editor’s Note from Marie' Sakai: Truly uplifting and inspiring, this is how art heals people and communities at large through beautiful bright paintings in hospitals that truly give the patients a warmer brighter hope for the future.


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Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: 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. She says that art is a microscopic way to look at her life and it is soothing and healing.


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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: As we are faced with an aging population and our own, it's worth noting that, "More and more researchers and health care providers are convinced that art therapy helps improve the quality of life for older adults, even for those who might have dementia or Alzheimer's disease."


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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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