Tuning In for April

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by Dr. Deah Schwartz Therapeutic Tid Bit of the Month: Tuning In In past issues of The Schmooze, I have covered many reasons why April is such a challenge. From stress-related tax deadlines and the numerous food-centric religious celebrations to the onslaught of bathing suit ads. It’s no wonder that in last year’s Schmooze I […]

Fragile February: Handle With Care

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by Dr. Deah Schwartz Therapeutic Tid Bit of the Month When February rolls around there is a certain amount of vulnerability that many people may experience. The January resolutions some folks have made to drastically change their eating and exercise regimes, may have tapered off or come to a screeching halt as the reality of […]

Last Minute Holiday Art Therapy Ideas

Holiday/Christmas Art Therapy

The holidays can be a stressful time of year for a lot of people. Although many people are on vacation and have some time off during the holidays, it’s not always the most relaxing time. Stress during the holidays can stem from family, friends, finding gifts, holiday traffic, long lines, money…you get the idea. With […]

Expressive Arts Therapy Idea: Mapping Out Change

Change Ahead - Art Therapy Idea

The following expressive arts therapy idea is called Mapping Out Change and is by contributing guest author Dr. Deah Schwartz. Once a month, Dr. Schwartz shares an art therapy idea or activity to facilitate exploration, increased awareness and healing in the areas of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. Some of these activities may need to […]

Personal Declaration of Independence

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The following art therapy idea/activity is called Declaration of Independence and is by contributing guest author Dr. Deah Schwartz. Once a month, Dr. Schwartz shares an art therapy idea to facilitate exploration, increased awareness and healing in the areas of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. Some of these directives may need to be facilitated over […]

Peace TrEATy – Art Therapy Exercise

peace treat art therapy activity

The following post was written by Dr. Deah Schwartz   My Mother My Shelf Mother’s Day: Although many folks consider Mother’s Day a contrived “Hallmark” Holiday, others take the day more seriously and sentimentally. For those who have experienced the death of a mother recently, this day can be more triggering than expected. For others […]

Valentine’s Day Art Activities, Ideas, Projects

Valentine's Day Art Therapy Ideas

Valentine’s Day is a great time of year to do something special for someone you love. Although Valentine’s Day has become rather over-commercialized, there are still concepts from the holiday that we should apply to our everyday lives. For example, let’s talk about the concept of Love. Love is a strange beast that comes in […]

MElection Day

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by Dr. Deah Schwartz This time of year we are bombarded by slogans, campaign ads, persuasive friends and family members’ opinions and urgings to, “do the right thing” as Election Day nears. When it is a Presidential election year, these influences are amped up to another level. But when we go into that voting booth […]

August Expressive Arts Directive: Grown-up Transitional Object

be here now stones

The following expressive arts therapy directive is called Grown-up Transitional Object and is by contributing guest author Dr. Deah Schwartz. Once a month, Dr. Schwartz shares an art therapy idea or activity to facilitate exploration, increased awareness and healing in the areas of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. Some of these activities may need to […]