The following eating disorder therapy activities were designed by Australian Art therapist and School Counsellor Sheree Sams who is also a contributing guest author here at Art Therapy.
The following interview (MP3) was done in Australia with a psychotherapist and the topic of discussion is how art is used as therapy for people with a mental illness. Transcript from the interview: Dr. Chris James: Art therapy is a very simple process of separating the thinking mind from the observing mind. When we think [...]
You may be aware of the variety of benefits of art therapy and how it can have a positive effect on autism, PTSD and cancer…but what about the benefits of just looking at, or observing, art? A recent study has explored the association with attending cultural activities and good health, satisfaction, low anxiety, and depression.
A new study shows that our brains react in a similar way whether we are in love or whether we are looking at beautiful artwork. Research by Professor Semir Zeki demonstrates that looking at art stimulates our brains which create the same chemical response as when we are in love. This is just further evidence [...]
We recently read an amazing article at the Miami Herald about Shari Lynn Beame. Shari was just a teenager when it happened. She was ready to graduate and become a reporter. However, a fatal car accident resulted in a brain injury, leaving her paralyzed. Shari had to learn everything over, including walking and talking. Then [...]
Photo Credit: Patti Sapone/The Star-Ledger Emily Lewis was awarded a full scholarship to Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. However, you might be surprised at how she got there. An interesting story and a testament to art therapy, Emily Lewis dropped out of high school and was addicted to drugs. Then [...]
The following story was submitted by a reader named Sarah. She wanted to share her story about how she used art therapy to help with an eating disorder and how art and the process of creativity has helped her recover. Her story, along with art work and examples of her writing are below. Much thanks [...]
Prejudice by Trinaty Lopez-Wakefield from ‘Crazy Art’ A reader emailed us information about a new documentary titled “Crazy Art” that was recently featured at the 2010 Santa Barbara Film Festival. The film follows three people with schizophrenia and their struggle with mental illness. While the three artists have been plagued by schizophrenia from a young [...]
This literally brought a tear to my eye. It ‘s an older video, but it really showcases the effect art can have on people. In this particular video, the focus is on people from the Mississippi State Hospital and their Community Services Program for people with mental illness. And while this may or may not [...]