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Your True Colours

Vol. 1 Issue 10

Wellness: Art Therapy By Kally Efros

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT ADULT COLORING BOOKS? IF NOT, YOU SOON WILL. ADULT COLORING BOOKS ARE ONE OF THE HOTTEST TRENDS RIGHT AND FOR SEVERAL GOOD REASONS. Coloring just might be a great alternative to

meditation. Coloring clubs are popping up all over the place. Many refer to coloring as yoga for the brain. Years ago I saw the therapeutic benefits of art, I had met a young man that suffered with depression. He began drawing beautiful and detailed doodles and mandalas. Through his drawing, he began to heal and find inner peace. Just the other day in my store, someone came in and told me their story of stress and anxiety over her health and never ending pain. Her doctor wanted her to see a therapist for depression; she decided to do art therapy and said she is doing great as a result. She now regularly takes art classes, and she loves beading; it keeps her mind off her challenges and helps get through the days. The American Art Therapy Association1 defines art therapy as: …a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by an art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. Clients who use art therapy may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These include emotional, behavioral, mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, brain-injury, or neurological conditions and physical illness. Art therapy may be provided for groups or individuals. Clients do not need to have previous experience or expertise in art. Today art therapy is widely practiced in a wide variety of settings from hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, wellness centers, schools, crisis centers, and senior communities to private practice.

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