Art Therapy's HeARTache

Sometimes a spotlight illuminates; at other times, it blinds. Art therapists are experiencing both through a White House spotlight called "Healing with the HeArt."

Expressive Arts Therapy and the Arts in Health

Expressive arts therapy is part of the continuum of care in medical settings, says a new white paper on the subject of arts in health and wellness.

Art Therapy’s Unsung Trailblazers

Who impacted your art therapy career path? Here are four women who impacted mine and blazed a trail for many other art therapy professionals in the 21st century.

Art Therapy and Non-First-Person Narratives

Talking to your therapist about your art? Try shifting your perspective from first person to "non-first-person" language. It can make a big difference.

Clay Art Therapy and Depression

Can clay be a way to mediate depression? A recent randomized controlled trial provides some intriguing and positive data on this sensory-based approach to treatment.

Coloring, Doodling and Drawing: Recent Research

Art therapy's research "romance" with coloring, doodling and drawing as self-regulation continues. Learn more about the latest research.

So You Want to Write/Edit an Art Therapy Book, Part Two

Are you an editor or a curator? In the long and winding road of publishing, edited books may be becoming curated volumes more often than you think.

So You Want to Write/Edit an Art Therapy Book

It's not as difficult to get a publisher as you imagine—really. But is that a good thing for the field of art therapy?

Drawing a Picture of Health: An Art Therapy Guide

If you are currently being treated for cancer or are a survivor, try "drawing a picture of health" as part of your wellness plan. It's integrative medicine for mind and body.

Art Therapy’s Ethical Responsibility

A White House spotlight on art therapy generates some illuminating ethics questions for all helping professionals.

Standing With the National Endowment for the Arts

The possible elimination of the NEA and other small agencies has been reported by sources such as The Hill, Americans for the Arts and other groups over the past week.

Creativity and Emotional Well-Being: Recent Research

Creative engagement can impact your general sense of well-being; two recent studies on creativity clarify just how creativity affects emotional health in particular.

Art Therapy and Fear: Acknowledging the Dread

When fear is the dominant narrative, a few creative practices may help. Here are some recommendations for assisting those most vulnerable to trauma at this critical time.

Art Therapy: Treating Combat-Related PTSD

Recent research underscores that art therapy's role in the resolution of trauma is evident, but on the whole, it's complicated.

Expressive Arts Therapies and Posttraumatic Growth

Arts expression and expressive arts therapies are changing personal narratives of posttraumatic stress to ones of posttraumatic growth and posttraumatic "possibility."

Why Art Therapy Works

What makes art therapy "work" has eluded the profession—until recently. Researchers have constructed a five-part model that summarizes the key factors.

Art Therapy Does Not Happen Through an Adult Coloring Book..

There is no doubt that adult coloring books can be forms of emotional grounding and relaxation, depending on the individual. But therapy is more than self-help and self-soothing.

Art Making and Stress Reduction

Is art making always a stress-reducing experience? Cumulative research points to "it's complicated;" the art psychotherapeutic relationship plus biomarkers may hold the key.

Depth Psychology of Art

The transformative powers of artistic expression are found in diving into the depths as well as the reflections of its surfaces.

Visual Journaling as a Reflective Practice

The practice of visual journaling can be a powerful container for life’s more difficult experiences and transitions, self-care and meaning-making. Start your journaling here.

Expressive Arts Therapy and Self-Regulation

Expressive arts therapies can enhance self-regulation in individuals of all ages who are experiencing distress; the secret is sensory-based attunement.

Expressive Arts Therapy and Windows of Tolerance

The process of recovery happens by taking small steps that can be safely tolerated rather than stretching one’s limits.

Child Art Therapy: How It Works

Art therapy often begs the response—“But it’s just arts and crafts!” Art therapy is not just “arts and crafts" or even its first cousin, the ubiquitous coloring book.

Creativity as a Wellness Practice

Studies show your own authentic self-expression can be a potent agent for wellness. So put down the coloring book and try making creativity a wellness resolution this year.

Imagination in Action: Interview With Shaun McNiff

Imagination in action is about accepting the struggles, mistakes and failures and realizing that they are all part of the challenging process of personal transformation. Put down that coloring book and give yourself the gift of spontaneous, authentic, creative expression.

Art Therapy and Counseling…or is it Art Therapy Counseling?

Will “art therapy” or “art therapy counseling” degree titles be accepted for eligibility for counselor licensure in the future? Watch out for Y2020.

Bilateral Drawing: Self-Regulation for Trauma Reparation

Current trauma research indicates that bilateral stimulation in the form of eye movement desensitization (EMDR) and similar methods are effective for many individuals. But is there a more creative way to engage cross-hemisphere activity for reparation and recovery?

Art is about Resilience, It Always Has Been

Art expression and the creative process are really manifestations of the drive toward health and well-being, not merely signposts of repression, projection, displacement, and sublimation. As Louise Bourgeois noted, “Art is a guarantee of sanity” – it a human way of self-actualizing rather than "pathologizing" the human condition.

Art Therapy: It’s Not Just an Art Project

Are there circumstances where art itself is the proverbial therapist? This is a question that continues to rankle the profession called “art therapist” as well as those who are trying to establish a clearly defined scope of practice for the field.

Are You Having a Relationship with an Adult Coloring Book?

As of this writing, five of the top 30 titles on Amazon’s best-seller list are adult coloring books. With over 2000 titles out there and rising, the phenomenon of adult coloring-within-the-lines just seems to have no end in sight. Just why have adult coloring books become such a phenomenon?

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