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What is Art Therapy Rx?

Updated: May 29

A dose of color, creativity, and inspiration. Sharing is caring and learning never ceases in the field of mental health.

[Resumen en Español al final del blog]


Welcome to my newest blog series, Art Therapy Rx! This blog series was created to share art therapy directives and ideas. Infusing some color and creativity in our work with clients can provide many benefits in therapy. For one, it can inspire our clients to push through a comfort zone and provide much needed distance and safety to process and express difficult emotions and experiences. Art Therapy Rx is about sharing and learning!


I have always found myself to be pretty resourceful and creative when it comes to my work with clients. Over the years I have been inspired by therapy directives I have found on pinterest. And I have used these interventions as starting points, or transformed them into something new tailoring the intervention to address different presenting concerns in therapy. I hope to share my experiences and ideas here by providing art therapy directives that can inform treatment and also provide guidance in session.


My journey as an art therapist has been one that has truly humbled me. I decided to go back to school after completing masters level education and receiving full licensure as a counselor. I had already been working in the field as a fully licensed professional when I decided something was missing. When I discovered art therapy I became obsessed with finding out how to receive more training in using creative interventions. And eventually I decided I wanted to take the plunge and return to school to get further in depth education in the field of art therapy. In many ways I feel this was a great decision because I approached school with a new perspective and sense of determination. The skills I learned in my post-graduate program in expressive arts are extremely valuable. The knowledge and skills I now possess have further emphasized the importance of not only using art and creativity in my work, but also honing it's power and applying it in a more intentional manner.

Since I started first in the mental health field trained in traditional talk therapy and theory, I have worked backwards to step away from the talk processing and learn to process art and creative expression through its symbolic nature. What I have learned is to be patient; to be a witness; and allow clients to tell me their story through their art. My background in mental health and counseling has been a firm foundation for me which has allowed me to grow in my work in art therapy because I am able to merge both clinical theory with art therapy. Hence, the name of my blog, The Primed Canvas. It's a metaphor for my training in mental health prior to my adventure in becoming a registered art therapist. I now have a reached a point in my career where I want to provide resources and materials that I did not have when I started in the field. This is the reason for starting my website, blog, and social media platforms. This blog stream is an extension of my creativity in therapy.


My art therapy interventions in Art Therapy Rx are meant to be artsy, colorful, and creative of course but with a little clinical flavor as well. I am trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) from my experiences working in clinical/medical settings. I hope to provide not only art therapy directives but free high quality resources that will be offered in both English and Spanish. I am a bilingual therapist after all and about half of my client population is Spanish speaking. As a clinician I know how valuable Spanish resources are and I have always wanted to contribute to my field by helping other bilingual clinicians access resources more easily! I am currently looking into solutions to translate or offer my blog in Spanish as well. I will keep you posted on my process!


My next blog post will kick off my series providing you with an art therapy directive and free printable resources in both English and Spanish. These handout will be focusing on outlining rationale in treatment and the objectives being addressed when utilizing the specific art therapy directive. My hopes are that my art therapy rx handouts will assist in documenting the work you are doing in session. Stay tuned for my next blog post on creating nesting dolls in therapy for self-exploration!


Also, check out my "Therapy Materials" section for recommendations on art therapy supplies and books! I hope that my resources will be of great value. I will continue to strive to create a community where we can connect, inspire, create, share, and learn!


Below are some reflection questions:


How do you infuse your work with creativity?

What types of directives would you like me to to see in my future blog posts?


With love,

Lauren

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be clinical advice and/or treatment. The content on this blog is meant for educational purposes and to provide clinical art therapy directives for trained mental health professionals. This information is by no means a substitute for therapy.**


Affiliate/Earnings Disclaimer: (Amazon Affiliate Disclaimer) Lauren Graham is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

Que es Arte-Terapia Rx?

Una dosis de color, creatividad, e inspiración.Compartir es importante y aprender nunca termina en el campo de la salud mental.


¡Bienvenido a mi nuevo serie de blog, Art Therapy Rx! Este blog fue creado para compartir ideas y directivas de arte-terapia. Utilizar un poco de color y creatividad en nuestro trabajo con clientes puede proporcionar muchos beneficios en la terapia. Por un lado, puede inspirar a nuestros clientes a avanzar a través de una zona de confort y puede proporcionar la distancia y seguridad necesarias para procesar y expresar emociones y experiencias difíciles. ¡Art Therapy Rx se trata de compartir y aprender!


Mis intervenciones de arte-terapia son artísticas, coloridas, y creativas, por supuesto, pero también con un poco de sabor clínico. Estoy entrenada en terapia cognitiva conductual (TCC) como resultado de mi experiencias trabajando en entornos clínicos/médicos. Espero proporcionar no solo directivas de arte-terapia sino recursos gratuitos de alta calidad que se ofrecerán en inglés y español. Soy una terapeuta bilingüe y aproximadamente la mitad de mi población de clientes habla español. Como terapeuta, sé lo valioso que son los recursos en español y siempre he querido contribuir creando recursos bilingües. Actualmente estoy buscando soluciones para traducir y ofrecer mi blog en español. ¡Te mantendré informado sobre mi proceso! Por el momento un resumen breve en español es lo mejor que puedo hacer.


Mi próxima publicación en el blog comenzará con una directiva de arte- terapia y recursos imprimibles gratuitos en inglés y español. Estos recursos se centrarán en describir los fundamentos del tratamiento y los objetivos que se abordarán cuando se utilice la directiva específica de arte-terapia. Mis esperanzas son que mis recursos y blog arte-terapia rx te ayudarán a documentar el trabajo que se está haciendo en la sesión. ¡Estén atentos para mi próxima publicación de blog sobre la creación de muñecas rusas en arte-terapia para la auto-exploración!


¡Visite mi sección de "Therapy Material" (Material de Terapia) para obtener recomendaciones sobre suministros y libros de arte-terapia! Espero que mis recursos sean de gran valor. ¡Continuaré creando una comunidad donde podamos conectar, inspirar, crear, compartir y aprender!


A continuación hay algunas preguntas de reflexión:


¿Cómo utiliza la creatividad en su trabajo clínico?

¿Qué tipos de directivas le gustaría ver en mis futuras publicaciones de blog?


Con amor,

Lauren





Aviso de Limitación de responsabilidad: Esta información no pretende ser un consejo y / o tratamiento clínico. El contenido de este blog es educativo y para proporcionar directivas clínicas de arte-terapia para profesionales de salud mental. Esta información de ninguna manera es un sustituto para la terapia. **


Aviso de Afiliación/Ganancias: (Declaración de afiliados de Amazon) Lauren Graham participa en el Programa de Asociados de Amazon Services LLC, un programa de publicidad de afiliados diseñado para proporcionar un medio para que los sitios ganen tarifas de publicidad mediante publicidad y enlaces a amazon.com.

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