Holistic Healing Through Art
Creativity in any form is therapeutic. Painting, writing, and music are only a few of the creative endeavors that help people heal. I discovered this in my personal journey– and it’s validated in my work as a counselor.
My purpose for years has been to guide others to heal in a therapeutic setting. The creative process can help people heal. I’ve seen it happen and there is research to support the effectiveness of creative therapies of all types.
Drawing and painting are the art forms I use in my practice simply because this is what I know. Being an art therapist comes naturally to me due to my life-long love of creativity.
People are often hesitant to try art therapy due to fear of a lack of talent. I help them learn a few basic techniques and their confidence grows. Now they can use creativity for inner exploration, acceptance, healing, and growth.
Each of us has our own inherent healing power. Any creative endeavor working with an individual, I guide them to discover their personal insights, strengths, and power. I believe this is a process that would happen naturally on its own even if I wasn’t involved.
Many of us have a history of pain and trauma. The majority of us never received the help we needed to process these experiences and heal. Our ability to move forward and create a healthy and joyful future requires letting go of the past and moving toward recovery.
By midlife we may have built up many protective layers to insulate ourselves from feeling emotional pain. Peeling back the layers of hurt is not easy. Yet moving through the healing process will expose our soul as a blank canvas open to new “paint” and transformation.
Yes, I speak from experience.
Using art therapy to help clients transpired from my healing experience. Art became the tool for my treatment of unhealthy patterns and mental health issues.
During my teenage and early adult years I lived to create art. Being an adult changed this, however, due to difficult circumstances that transpired from an unhealthy marriage. The relationship was abusive and led to a divorce. As a single parent I lived in poverty while I returned to school with a two-year-old to care for.
Losing touch with our creative selves often happens due to our adult choices and responsibilities. I developed anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Each day was a struggle just to do what absolutely had to be done, go to bed, and get up to do it all over again.
Often our life path spirals, bringing us back around to things that once brought us peace. I started to paint again after receiving a Reiki session back in 2011. My youngest child was graduating from high school and would be heading off to college three hours away. I knew I needed help with this upcoming transition.
The practitioner told me I needed to get out of my own way and put some paint on a canvas–to just start. And I actually did!
At first I lacked confidence sitting in front of a canvas wondering how to begin. The desire to continue my journey, along with the insight and perseverance from life lessons, were the soil for my artistic awakening. I was back in touch with my creative self–beginning my never-ending journey of self-discovery and growth through the creative process.
Art fulfills my need for personal expression. I enjoy working with acrylics and mixed-media to create abstract and impressionistic paintings and scrapbooks. Color and texture fascinate me!
We can use our personal experiences and our soul’s search for meaning as the inspirational basis to create. Art that comes from the wounded, healing, and blossoming soul stirs emotions. These creations will impact and inspire others in their own journey. I am proof–it is never too late to start creating the life you want. Pick up a paint brush and just start!
Check out our post on Intuitive Art here.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” –Albert Einstein
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