Art as Therapy
Creative therapy resources by psychotherapist Shelley Klammer
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Gluebooks are different from collage journals in that they are simply a book that you glue things that you like into.
I have been creating morning mandalas as part of my meditation practice for the last several years and have just recently finished my 365th mandala. My mandala practice took about 15-30 minutes of quiet focus before I started my working day.
"Each person's life is like a mandala- a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life." ~ Pema Chodrin
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Prior to owning my anger, I felt depressed, repressed, socially timid, and overly careful about speaking my truth with others. Keeping a ferociously honest anger journal has helped me to reclaim the power of my self-worth.
It is easy to gather an overflowing abundance of images that can be recycled into opulent, personal works of art. Glue down anything that excites or intrigues you - in fresh and spontaneous ways.
When we learn to love our accepted and unaccepted parts of self equally, we can reconcile our inner warfare, and our intuition can come to the forefront to guide our life.
Most of us have areas of unhealed emotional pain from the past, and instead of recognizing this, it seems easier to think we are victimized by outside circumstances.
Do you consider yourself an empath? Are you highly aware of the emotions of those around you? Do you sometimes mistake other people's emotions for your own? Can you sense what other people need emotionally?
If you have a narcissistic person in your life, they will avoid feeling their shame by not taking responsibility for their behaviour. And, typically they will blame you for their problems instead.
Releasing emotional pain is not easy, and it can feel overwhelming in the beginning. Keep your journaling and meditation sessions short to start, until you get used to holding kind and accepting presence with your emotional pain.
Did you know that there are 4 negative communication patterns, as defined by psychological researcher John Gottman, that can lead to a breakdown and the possible end of your relationship?
"A healthy relationship is a feast of affection and giving for both people; not one receiving crumbs and trying to convince themselves it's enough." ~ Shannon Thomas
Most conflicts between individuals or groups arise from miscommunication about human needs, due to coercive or manipulative language that aims to induce fear, guilt, shame, etc. These "violent" modes of communication, when used during a conflict, divert the attention of the participants away from clarifying needs, feelings, perceptions, and requests, thus perpetuating the conflict.
Throughout life, we all experience many types and degrees of grief. In addition to death, all other losses need to be fully grieved in order to maintain consistent emotional well-being.
Psychologist Erik Erikson maintained that the human personality develops in a predetermined order through eight stages of psychosocial development, from infancy to adulthood. During each stage in your lifespan, it is possible to have a psychosocial crisis that could have a negative outcome for your personality development.
It is important to note that change is a non-linear path, and you might need to repeat or retract to different stages before going on to the next level. Some changes take weeks, months or even years.
Do you feel as though you are keeping your true self hidden? Is there is more within you, that you feel unable to express in front of others?
Many people that I talk to are surprised to learn that the inner critic is a social protector. It is difficult to see that the inner critic is a protector because it paradoxically undermines and attacks you in order to protect you from the possibility of social shaming.
In the therapy process, consider that you will move through the following stages of change: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and termination.
If you have experienced trauma in your life, it is helpful to know that there a prioritized order to your healing process.
A higher vagal tone means that your body can return to a calm state quickly after a stressful experience.