“Art can permeate the very deepest part of us, where no words exist.”
― Eileen Miller
“I see art-making as a way to tell me where I am in my own life story.”
Expressive arts are all five disciplines of the arts: visual, dance/movement, music, drama/theater, and writing/poetry. They are creative coping strategies, contemplative practices, that are grounding, soothing, healing.
How do you feel when you create? Creative coping can come in many forms such as visual arts, visual journaling, painting, drawing, doodling, collage, or photography. For some, it might be in creative writing, journaling, or photography. For others, it can be the smooth flow of movement, dance, or power of drama. I also know that for many of you it can be the simple, meditative art of organizing, reading, cooking, or baking. Yes!
I trained at the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and they gave us the Tree of Contemplative Practices, which illustrates some of the many contemplative practices used by individuals, organizations, and in education. A blank Tree of Contemplative Practices was also provided to us to add our own contemplative practices. Just click the link to download.
Creative Coping is about finding creative resources in your life that provide you with a moment of mindful contemplation provide a sense of peace and grounding. How do you feel when you create? Just send me a quick note.
“The arts are a critical component of healthcare. Expressive art is a tool to explore, develop and practice creativity as a means to wellness.”
I integrate expressive arts in my psychotherapy practice as a creative method to cope with life challenges and support your growth. Expressive arts therapies used vary depending on your needs, but they include therapeutic journaling, and writing, visual art journaling as well Bibliotherapy/Poetry therapy, a therapeutic modality that involves the reading of poetry, or a specific narrative or story with the purpose of growth and healing. I also provide clinical Bibliotherapy, the use of therapy books for therapeutic support, see events.
Julia Cameron, author of The Artists Way
“Writing is medicine. It’s an appropriate antidote to injury. It is an appropriate companion to any difficult change.” –