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Thanks for liking the blog! But more importantly, yes domestic violence is one area that I believe art therapy is particularly effective. There is generally not a huge desire to talk [at least at first] about experiences and feelings, Brain-wise, the mind may be actually blocking the "talk" due to the stress of disclosing experiences that stimulate anxiety or even guilt and shame. So when there is avoidance on a cognitive level, art making gets things started and the narratives emerge in image and sensory aspects. I think that inevitably that gets the flow of verbal narrative to begin, but at a pace more appropriate for the individual.
Having worked a domestic violence shelters, I know what you are encountered somewhat-- it is rewarding, but difficult work and creative interventions can make all the difference.
Simple art making experiences may mediate pain, mood and anxiety.
Did The Late Show just lampoon art therapy?
Can we help art therapy clients through digital platforms?
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