Comments on: Australian Psychotherapist Discusses Benefits of Art Therapy for People With Mental Illness http://www.arttherapyblog.com/mental-health/australian-psychotherapist-discusses-benefits-of-art-therapy-for-people-with-mental-illness/ Inspiring others to create. Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:41:33 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 By: Robyn Becker http://www.arttherapyblog.com/mental-health/australian-psychotherapist-discusses-benefits-of-art-therapy-for-people-with-mental-illness/#comment-307518 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:56:01 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=2507#comment-307518 I too am grateful for the clear way in which Chris James has presented the issues AND for the beautiful responses by people who have benefited from the wisdom inherent in Art Therapy! Thank you

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By: Jean Hollis http://www.arttherapyblog.com/mental-health/australian-psychotherapist-discusses-benefits-of-art-therapy-for-people-with-mental-illness/#comment-142977 Sat, 27 Apr 2013 17:18:24 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=2507#comment-142977 fascinating reading this as ive recently discovered the work of english artist michael fitzgerald at saatchi

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By: My-Linh Tran http://www.arttherapyblog.com/mental-health/australian-psychotherapist-discusses-benefits-of-art-therapy-for-people-with-mental-illness/#comment-47280 Sat, 27 Oct 2012 22:33:43 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=2507#comment-47280 I would also like to reference this interview for my research paper on art therapy. Could you please send me the publication information, as well as the date (year), and interviewers name etc. Thank you!

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By: Andrea http://www.arttherapyblog.com/mental-health/australian-psychotherapist-discusses-benefits-of-art-therapy-for-people-with-mental-illness/#comment-11970 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 04:35:10 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=2507#comment-11970 Hello,
I am Andrea Bower Willard of Southwest Florida, USA. The previous two comments were mine. I want to give you our website as promised and email address. We are as of tonight an affiliate of Altered States of the Arts. A National Organization of Artists with Psychiatric Histories. We should have pages on that website tomorrow. Our email address is thegeniusofmentalillnessart@gmail.com. Our organization was renamed yesterday; and it is ‘Mental Wellness and Recovery as Artists’. As the Director of Artists I am recruiting artists from around the globe.
All of your blogs are very special. I enjoy every one.
They have educated me with a new perspective of art as therapy. It has always been therapeutic for me to sculpt or use watercolors to illustrate my poetry. I sculpted a large man’s hand in 2007 and I gave it to my psychiatrist. He set it prominently at the front of his desk. One day I was in his office and noticed it was gone. He commented, “It was broken the other day. You see almost everyone held the hand as they talked. It was so comforting, a blessing, it was therapeutic Andrea.” What I felt was beyond words. He ordered another hand the other day. The clay is on my work table ready to pummel into a workable condition. Yes art is therapeutic. Blessings, Andrea Bower Willard USA

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By: Andrea Bower Willard http://www.arttherapyblog.com/mental-health/australian-psychotherapist-discusses-benefits-of-art-therapy-for-people-with-mental-illness/#comment-11044 Fri, 25 Nov 2011 00:42:43 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=2507#comment-11044 Hello,

I promised to post the email address for ‘The Genius of Mental Illness in the Arts’ in Southwest Florida. It is: thegeniusofmentalillnessart@gmail.com

I am diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder. As I learned behaviors that enhanced my relationships and position in my community I found incredible support and found discrimination lessening.

As a Mental Health Peer Advocate I am helping others increase their resilience and self-respect and hope and abilities to cope and succeed by expressing themselves in art and writing. I encourage a daily journal with pictures scribbled in the margins. Life without the arts is bleak.

Feeling our feelings without acting out in unacceptable ways is a way of life I hope other mentally ill people can learn. Expressions of art and writing give the mentally ill who do no harm to society a better way of life.

I speak out for advocasy for mental illness. I am not embarrassed anymore by my challenged mind. As hopeful as I am I know medicines fail and we can go backwards. But the more we are educated about our illnesses and the other mental illnesses-I know by experience-that we CAN go through those situations with grace and fortitude.

May Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Licenced Mental Health Counselors, Advocates, and Families Never Forget Our(Mentally Ill Peoples’s) Need for Dignity. May Civil Servants such as Police and The People in Government Departments who Preside Over the Mentally Ill With Force Instead Of Peace Never Forget Our Need for Dignity.

The research and presentations of your findings make me grateful I found your site. Thank you for sharing all this information. The more we learn about ourselves and how our brains work the healthier our attitudes will becomes. Every thought builds neural pathways that were never there before.

I am smiling. Thank you again.

Andrea

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By: Andrea Bower Willard http://www.arttherapyblog.com/mental-health/australian-psychotherapist-discusses-benefits-of-art-therapy-for-people-with-mental-illness/#comment-10888 Sat, 19 Nov 2011 21:54:13 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=2507#comment-10888 My doctor Manuel Gallego MD in Port Charlotte, Florida, USA, has initiated the ‘Genius of Mental Illness’. His idea is to rent stores in very nice shopping areas and display and sell the art for the mentally ill in Southwest Florida. As the Art Show Coordinator for Dr. Gallego I will not only get the ball rolling for the shows I will display and sell my own art. A friend is designing our website. I’ll be setting up our email address November 21, 2011. I would like to comment again as the stores are rented and artists start signing up. Dr. Gallego thinks we are geniuses. He has every confidence these shows, in Fort Myers, Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte and Sarasota will be very beneficial for those who choose to use their talents to observe as therapy. Our neural pathways connect through art. Andrea Bower Willard

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By: sarah lee http://www.arttherapyblog.com/mental-health/australian-psychotherapist-discusses-benefits-of-art-therapy-for-people-with-mental-illness/#comment-10207 Fri, 28 Oct 2011 18:52:27 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=2507#comment-10207 I would like to reference this interview for my dissertation. Could you please send me the details, such as date (year), interviewers name etc. Thanks.

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By: Claudia http://www.arttherapyblog.com/mental-health/australian-psychotherapist-discusses-benefits-of-art-therapy-for-people-with-mental-illness/#comment-10139 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 11:28:37 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=2507#comment-10139 I am very excited by this idea of combining psychoeducation, normalization, and strengthening the observing mind. I work with people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia, some of whom are very out of touch with their emotions, or who fear them, or both. I work with one fellow who fears “becoming unraveled” if he allows himself to feel the least bit of anger, sadness or anxiety. Definitely would like to learn more about this project. Thanks for the inspiration!

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By: Vickie http://www.arttherapyblog.com/mental-health/australian-psychotherapist-discusses-benefits-of-art-therapy-for-people-with-mental-illness/#comment-9765 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 02:01:54 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=2507#comment-9765 What a great article! I like how you broke concepts down into manageable bits, and that you’re dispelling myths about mental illness. As a Recreation Therapist with Mental Health & Addictions Services in Canada, I’m thrilled to see articles that address mental illness in such a practical way. I’m also just starting a creative arts group for some clients, and would love to hear more about this group. Thanks,

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By: Angela Susan Harrison http://www.arttherapyblog.com/mental-health/australian-psychotherapist-discusses-benefits-of-art-therapy-for-people-with-mental-illness/#comment-9731 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 22:15:19 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=2507#comment-9731 Interesting article, and I can really support the idea that during a painting or sketching exercise there are benefits from participating in a therapy, as it does assist in healing. Over the years I have experienced reaction, bouts of depression, and stress,after a physical illness,Aneamia and Oesteo Arthritus. At the same time being involved with supporting a few people who have been depressed, I decided to study Visual Art. After studing Visual Art and able to Tutor it has been such a useful therapy and healing to both myself and individuals who participated in a few hours of Art. Yes, painting does separate the thinking mind from the Observing faculty, and provides a space, wherby the person experiences something other than ‘racing thoughts, or ‘fleeting feelings’, or even excessive bouts of fatigue- a pause in the interlude! I agree that everybody has creativity in their being, and it only needs to be encouraged or channeled,constructively in some area of Art form. Children are blessed with Creativity, and one of the simplest way of scribing is to let them chalk out their expressions, on board, the same with older people, one of the most easiest ways of unravelling an idea is to doodle it out on paper, this way not only releases tension, but it shows them lots of interesting lines to express. Its like what one of the contemporary Artist had to say, “Art is like taking a line for a walk’!: Paul Klees. Instead of magazines in Psychologists or Therapists Waiting Rooms, there should be a corner, where the patients can peruse Art Journals, maybe some of the individuals could create a folio of visual diaries and exhibit them for the public to view? Its nice to know that Art Therapy is the most natural remedy in helping people to heal, and cope with managing stress, in todays busy world. I found this interesting to read today. Thankyou, I am about to finish an impasto painting of our Ginger Cat today,all the best to you all! ASH

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By: Karen http://www.arttherapyblog.com/mental-health/australian-psychotherapist-discusses-benefits-of-art-therapy-for-people-with-mental-illness/#comment-9728 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 20:23:01 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=2507#comment-9728 Thank you for this article I would be very interested in hearing more and learning more about the workshops that were mentioned.

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By: Beverly Sheaffer http://www.arttherapyblog.com/mental-health/australian-psychotherapist-discusses-benefits-of-art-therapy-for-people-with-mental-illness/#comment-9722 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 14:58:04 +0000 http://www.arttherapyblog.com/?p=2507#comment-9722 Wonderful. Thank you for sharing this. I am interested in learning more about the series – Thanks again.

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