Art Therapy Exercises for Depression

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Art therapy exercises for depression use direction to explore emotions and awareness. Create a therapy routine with the useful advice from a trained art therapist in this free video on art therapy exercises for depression.

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My name is Deb Shoemaker, and I'm an art therapist with Integrated Therapy Associates, and I would like to talk with you a little bit today about how art therapy can help people, especially adults who have depression. Well one directive that I use quite often in my art therapy sessions with people is to draw a Mandala, which is drawing in the round, and Mandalas represent self, and it's a great way to begin a session or a therapeutic relationship because people are able to create an image of self and also in that original directives I try to include and encourage creating a safe place, especially if we're working with traumatic events or trauma or things that have been devastating to someone in their life. Before we launch into working on that deeper level work, having that safe place already created, literally created in their portfolio and also it's created in their imagination. So it will be easier to call up that safe place when it's needed later on in the therapy sessions. Another directive that I use is a kind of a dual image and I may have them fold the paper in half and something I like and something I don't like and maybe write at the top of one side, I like it when blank dot, dot, dot and then they create an image of something that they like when. And then on the other side I don't like it when dot, dot, dot and then they create an image on that side and that kind of shows a contrast of what's going on in their life and also it helps give them a visual to see the differences and maybe tap in to the things that they can change about what they don't like or what they can't change about it but acknowledging and validating. Remember to always consult with a professional art therapist for more information.

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