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Visual Journaling as Self-Care in the New Year

Here is a free PDF on journaling as art therapy to get you started in 2014.

Quote and art by Cathy Malchiodi

©2013 Cathy Malchiodi, The Soul's Palette (Shambhala, 2002)

While a visual journal is often private experience, remember that if you really want to get the most out of it, an empathetic and reflective witness is important. A helping professional [and of course, an art therapist] can help you deepen narrative work through your images; a visual journaling group that meets regularly to share creative work is another good option. There are online art communities that offer opportunities to connect with others who are exploring visual journaling, too. The 2014 ART THERAPY + HAPPINESS PROJECT , an online art making community facilitated by New Zealand art therapist Janet McLeod and me, will be focused on a variety of visual journaling techniques and creative approaches to self-care and connection to others through art [ go to this link for more information ].

Because many readers requested a way to obtain the information presented in the four-part series on visual journaling in one place, I created a summary that you can download on my author’s page . Just go to the lower right hand corner of the page, look for the “Visual Journaling as Art Therapy & Self-Help” PDF and click to download.

Creativity, health and happiness in 2014!

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD

©2013 Cathy A. Malchiodi

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