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Creative Arts

"I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way"

Georgia O' Keefe. 

Allowing yourself to create something with your hands may be just the release for pent-up sadness, worry, and/or fear you have been looking for. The act of creating a visual image, may allow those words that flood your mind to feel less overwhelming. Taking that painful image out of your mind and putting it on paper can free your mind to think about other things. When you take those memories, thoughts and feelings and attach visual images to them you can experience relief, insight, understand and healing. 

Engaging your creative process into your healing journey maybe helpful. It will be different than a piece of art created by artist who wants the world to see their art. It is possible that the projects you create during our sessions will only be seen by you and me. Or you may take your project home with you, as a visual reminder of your work, and the message your work gave you.  

Adults, adolescents and children benefit from creating images for the words which may not come. Studies have proven that the act of creating can lower stress and anxiety and instill feelings of peace, pleasure and accomplishment. The act of creating has been proven to intensify the benefits of visualizations and guide imagery. Engaging in the creative process is a great way to ground yourself in the moment. However, it is also a way to look deeper as you allow your inner self to speak, and be heard.  

“If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.”


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