Bilateral Drawing: Self-Regulation for Trauma Reparation Let’s draw on the power of both hands to modulate stress.

Posted Sep 29, 2015 by  Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT In working with survivors of acute and repeated traumatic events over the last several decades, I am always particularly conscious of individuals’ self-regulating capacities initially and throughout our work together. Self-regulation is currently a ubiquitous term used to describe not only the capacity to control one’s impulses, […]

President Obama Declares October as National Arts and Humanities Month

AATA October 6, 2016 The American Art Therapy Association and our friends at Americans for the Arts are celebrating October as National Arts and Humanities Month! President Obama has already kicked things off by issuing an official White House Proclamation that articulates the importance of the arts and culture in our history and in our […]

Creative Art Therapies Week, 2016!

In honor of Creative Art Therapies Week, March 13-19, 2016, I would like to spotlight Art of Counseling, pllc, whose mission is to create a unique specialty using Creative Art Therapies to foster emotional healing, encourage internal resiliency, enhance personal relationships and give a unique perspective to human storytelling and expression. Art of Counseling is […]

Art Therapy and Neuroplasticity: How Creativity Can Heal Trauma

Art Therapy and Neuroplasticity: How Creativity Can Heal Trauma By Kristin Kane Through studies encompassing neurobiology, neuroplasticity, and differing functions of the right-brain and left-brain hemispheres, as well as the uncovering of the mirror neuron system, it is now possible to provide scientific evidence for the claim that art therapy is effective in treating a […]

Healing With Mandala Art Therapy

Mandala is the Sanskrit word for “circle” or “completion” and has spiritual meaning in many cultures. Creating a mandala in art therapy can be a relaxing and centering process for self-discovery and healing. The following link describes the process of creating a mandala in art therapy: Mandala Art Activity For Self-Discovery And Healing The following link […]

Art Therapy: What is it?

Art Therapy: It’s Not Just an Art Project Art therapy, in all cases, is a purposeful, relational intervention. Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT Source: © 2015 Photograph by Cathy Malchiodi, PhD In “Art Therapy’s Achilles Heel” [April 2014], I explained that it is not surprising that uses of art making for self-help, self-regulation and self-exploration are […]

Art Therapy Is More Than Just Making Nice Pictures (NewsSharing)

This 3rd article in a series by Huffington Post’s Priscilla Frank who has been collaborating with American Art Therapy Association (AATA) to help educate and inform readers about art therapy. Art Therapy Is More Than Just Making Nice Pictures One art therapist explains how making art can save lives. Priscilla FrankArts Writer, The Huffington Post […]

The Art of the Matter

The Art of the Matter Kristin Kane interview with St. Paul Magazine October 2015. To some, painting is a hobby. To others, it’s a form of healing. Kristin Kane, an art therapist at Invigorate Life Counseling, says there are many benefits to expressing oneself, whether through clay, paint or chalk. “Art therapy encourages self expression,” […]