The discipline of art therapy is a fairly recent innovation in the repertoire of therapists; combining the use of both art and psychotherapy in order to connect with patients, art therapists utilize the therapeutic nature of creativity, as well as the patient’s own use of symbology, as a way to gain insight into issues affecting [...]
Christina Clapp, a 14-year-old teenager with Down syndrome has been benefiting from a variety of therapies, but especially music therapy. Like other kids with Down syndrome, Christina has various behavioral issues and a difficult time staying focused. However, her passion and interest for music and music therapy help her overcome these issues and make progress [...]
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 [...]