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Natural Disasters can create a sense of helplessness in all of us. Especially people who work in the professions trained to offer assistance in times of crisis and trauma. After the 2019 Black Summer bushfires, ANZACATA (Australia New Zealand and Asian Creative Art...
One of my favourite introductions to art therapy is Cathy Malchiodi’s The Soul’s Palette. Published in 2002, it provides a wonderful exploration of the power of creativity as well as practical suggestions for developing your personal and / or therapeutic art practice.
This is an art therapy exercise to help you or your client recognise the qualities that you admire in others are often well developed within yourself. It is an opportunity to work with collage to express the values, skills and personal attributes that you embody or aspire to have.
Digital Collage is a great way to explore emotions and experiences through the use of found images. In a world where the availability of magazines and paper images, digital collage provides a modern take on the process. Whether you use a program like Free Mix or simply search for pictures and words online, the internet and a printer have made collage so much easier.
Transpersonal Art Therapy is a holistic therapy that focuses on all of you; the social, emotional, creative and spiritual aspects of your life as all of your life is interconnected. This approach helps you to find meaning through meditation, guided imagery, dream work and art making to help you connect with your inner wisdom and find healing.
Natalie Rogers, pioneer in person-centred expressive arts therapy, is a key influence on my art therapy work. In her words, art and creativity are healing and transformative. Read how her approach has shaped art therapy today.