About Art Therapy

Art Making, In Art Therapy

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The art made in an Art Therapy session is often messy, chaotic, even terrifying. It can appear tangled up, squashed, splatted, spilled, torn or even destroyed or binned. The mess left behind in a finished session is equally creative.

The creations can be made quietly or extremely noisily depending on the meterials used. The artwork can be large or small, cold or warm. The work can be shiny/glittery or dull, rough or smooth. It can be plain and simple or complicated.Many colours can be used in Therapy or simply one colour.

The mediums used can be varied. They can be traditional paper, pencils, paints, modelling mediums collage or digital media.

Sometimes there are no creations at all. There may be silence throughout the whole session(s)

Art can be transient in nature i.e. singing or speaking. Sand and water can be used if it is provided.

Art created in an Art Therapy session is rarely censored as it is a way to understanding where the client is at with his or her feelings. The work will have different meanings to the client at different times. The work is different from week to week, even if there is a constant theme appearing as the sessions progress.

Art Therapy art does not need to be finished at the end of the session, it does not have to be finished at all. The journey of making the art is the main part of Art Therapy.

Art is not taught in Art therapy sessions but advice on how to use the materials may be given.

Art Therapy work can be directive or non-directive. Directive Art Therapy is where the Therapist suggests a theme for the person or group.  The client(s) can respond by creating some work. Non-directive Art Therapy happens when the therapist abstains from giving themes to the client(s). The work is totally client centred.

Art Therapy is work. Work for the client and Therapist. Both the Therapist and client(s) work and process together through all the complexities that come out of the art.

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I have seen some adult colouring books on sale in bookshops marketed with the title, Art Therapy

There are powerful therapeutic benefits to adding colour to things. It is very relaxing  and it can train hand and eye coordination. It can help a person to focus in the here and now.  These books can be coloured in or shaded in any way the user likes. The user still has choices on what to use in the colouring book. These books are indeed personal to the person using them. The person is caring for themselves when using these books. This activity can be done alone or in groups. Using colouring books can promote wellbeing too. They can be seen as a pleasant distraction.

Different media can be used in these books. Children readily take to a colouring book as they are still developing language and physical skills. Creativity seems to come naturally to children, and will want to create from a blank canvas. Anyone can use these colouring in books. Many of us had used such books as children and using them again can bring back memories of childhood. Adults can give themselves permission to use the books. Colouring books are beautiful to look at, pleasing to the eye and allows the user to want something to look pretty. There seem to be something safe and reassuring about using colouring books. They are portable and can be picked up and put down at any time.

Colouring books can channel energy into doing something creative. The imagery is pre-planned, so there is no need to think about drawing or painting from scratch. The pressure is taken away from the person to make an image from a blank canvas. Someone else has created the image. Colouring books are definately therapeutic. Also, people who have never used art before may develop a strong desire to further that new found creativity. That is a very exciting journey! There are many positives to using and making use of colouring books.

We are living in an age where technology is developing very quickly. It is good to see that a book  that is made of paper and using a medium such as a pencil has taken off in a big way. We seem to be making time for tactile activity. Colouring books have a place in our lives.

As as an Art Therapist, nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see people express themselves creatively. But I do not feel that using colouring books is Art therapy.

Art Therapy is facilitated by a trained and qualified Art Therapist at regular times. Therapeutic guidelines must be adhered to for the safety of the client and Therapist.

The creations come from the person using Art Therapy, unless the Art Therapist provides themes or props to the session. The Art Therapist has an understanding of how creativity helps to facilitate change in a person. Art Therapy helps adress an issue, or several issues, in a safe space. Relationships are formed. The creations are spoken about and feelings about the artwork are discussed where possible.

We, as Therapists are privileged to be invited into the client’s creative world. We gain insight into how the person is feeling through the art work.

It would be interesting to find out how Arts Therapists feel about colouring books.

Drama Therapy, Music Therapy, Dance Movement Therapy and Art Therapy are all registered professions with the Health Care and Professions council in the United Kingdom.

Monica Gobourne

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Good article on colouring books

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About Art Therapy

What happens to me during an Art Therapy session?

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People Come to Art Therapy for a wide range of reasons. Some people have been referred to Art Therapy due to illness, life changes, losses, pain hurt and anger, this list is endless.

When someone comes to an Art Therapy session, they are given the opportunity to use a range of art materials and explore feelings and they are encouraged to talk about how life may be affecting them at the time. This is all carried out safely, and in confidence with an Art Therapist at a regular time and date.

People who come to therapy are free from being diagnosed with problems by the therapist. They are not told that their behaviour is due to an illness. Art Therapists are not to behave like Psychiatrists or Doctors when they facilitate Art Therapy.  Whilst some behaviours can be linked to mental or physical distress and the evidence may support the link, The therapist will not tell the client that. Art Therapy is about exploration and opening up. It is a journey of self-discovery.

If a person has a diagnosis, that is because a trained medical or psychological professional had consulted with the person and has been advised what may be the issue.

Art Therapists go beyond seeing all symptoms as a sign of disease. Art Therapy is not about judging the client. Art Therapists do not diagnose people. Art Therapists do a lot of listening.

Art Therapy is a powerful medium and can bring to the surface a lot of long buried feelings for a person. When this happens it is a rich time to explore what those feelings are about. This takes time to do, and the therapist will be there to make sure that the person feels safe to work on such strong emotion.  Hopefully the person attending Art Therapy sessions has a support network outside of therapy to help them between sessions.

Sometimes, a person decides to make some changes in their lives because of what they have found out about themselves. Bringing about change and doing so in the persons own way is a successful use of Art Therapy.

Monica Gobourne

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Throughout many examples explored, art therapy was useful in helping family members listen to one another, rebalance hierarchies, and “provided a vehicle for the individuals to take advantage of increased self-expressive abilities and share their internal experiences as communication between family/system members (Linesch, p. 158).

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Art Journalling

Making My Photography Light Box

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In order for me to take decent pictures of my art journal, I have made a photography light box.

A box can be purchased quite cheaply from reputable photography retailers but I would like to use things I already have in my home!

 

It would be great to hear from you about your experiences and share knowledge.

Comments are more than welcome!

 

My Helper and Supervisor is Scribble, my cat!

What I used

Tape (duck tape can be used too)

Scissors, craft knife

Pencil and ruler

White tissue paper (or thin white cloth)

Various background colours and textures

And not forgetting a cardboard box

The size of box required depends on the size of the items. Plenty of room is needed around the item so that the lighting is adequate to take a decent picture

What I did

 

I proceed by marking out 3cm (4cm at the base) with my pencil and ruler

  

These pictures show that I have scored the cardboard with the craft knife (a Stanley knife can be used)

I removed the unwanted cardboard and the top and sides are now exposed

I cut the paper to fit the holes I made in the box. I then covered the gaps with the white tissue paper and secured the paper to the box with the tape

   

I used the tissue paper as an example as a backdrop on which my items to be photographed can rest.

I also left the cover flaps on if I need to block out light from the front

I will be using different textures and colours as backdrops

Lighting can be positioned either side and the top of the box. The tissue paper will filter out the harsh light and help produce a better photograph of any item placed in the box

The box can be used outside with additional lighting if needed.

I will be opening this post to comments (including photo comments)

It would be great to hear from people who have made any variation of a Photograph Light Box

What worked for you? What could be done better? Tell us!

 

 

 

 

You have the right to create your own happy and healthy life.

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Art Therapy Online Promotion

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Online sessions are for anyone who wants to work with me and lives far away.
These sessions are intended for individuals.
Online art therapy is offered in English.
The online art therapy sessions are dependent on an Internet connection and can be accessed anywhere in the world. I am based in London so the mutual time for your sessions should work for both time zones.
How long does the therapy last? Each online session lasts 50 minutes and takes place once a week. Sessions can be worked out to suit you in your first consultation.

First Consultation for fifty minutes will only cost £45.00

First Consultation for fifty minutes will only cost £45.00
I will run this promotion until the 31 December 2016

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About Art Therapy

Art Therapy and Pain

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With Art Therapy, you can explore deep, long held fears and inner pain and turmoil that you are unable to face. You can creatively and safely look at many issues, safely, using Art Therapy. Sometimes words are not enough and being creative can help you think differently about your situation and open your world to different possibilities

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