Art Therapy Resources

How Does Art Therapy Heal the Soul? | The Science of Happiness

Does making art make you happier? This week on Science of Happiness, Julian investigates positive art therapy with a special guest.

Flow, The secret to happiness

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow."

Art Therapy with Adolescents

Priscilla Frank from the Huffington Post interviews Dr. Bruce Moon, ATR-BC, HLM to examine how art therapy can help adolescents address themes of expression and identity.

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Why would I use Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. 

What is art therapy?

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.

How Art Heals Grief

Expressive arts therapy encourages movement of the imagination that we may struggle with during our grieving process. Our art influences how we look at, unblock, wrestle with, and shed light on the need to distance and detach from our pain.

 
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When Your Child Doesn’t Want to Go to Therapy (But Needs To)

Going to therapy is hard enough for adults. Stigma stops many of us from picking up the phone and making an appointment. Plus, therapy is hard work. It often requires revealing our vulnerabilities, delving into difficult challenges, changing unhealthy patterns of behavior and learning new skills.

Picture It: How Art Helps Dementia Patients

Studies show that art therapy can enhance communication, brain function and social interaction for dementia patients. In fact, visual art can trigger dormant memories and emotions, inspiring conversations among these patients who normally struggle to express themselves. What’s more, when dementia patients create the art themselves, that activity stimulates the whole brain. Instead of just responding to images, patients must plan, remember, create patterns and use motor skills.