Art as Therapy

I’m miserable. I could perhaps use help from (a) friends or family, (b) a therapist, or (c) a museum. A museum? Who turns to a museum for personal help? Creating art can be therapeutic: Artistic expression as healing is the … Continue reading

Transformation By Fire

It is said that home is where the heart is. But violence wounds our hearts, leaving us emotionally physically, and spiritually homeless, even when there is a roof over our heads. Our battles rage on . . . . Come … Continue reading

Gardiner Expressive Arts Group

Gardiner Expressive Arts blog May 9, 2012. Sculpture exhibited in 2011.

Screen capture from Gardiner Expressive Arts blog May 9, 2012. Sculpture exhibited in 2011. Out of the mud, the lotus blooms: Women who have experienced violence transform trauma through clay. Intrigued by this title, I attended the 2010 workshop offered … Continue reading

Emotional pain

In my last post, I mentioned Susan Schellenberg as having experienced mental illness, but I prefer to talk of “emotional pain.”  I use “emotional pain” to refer to psychological difficulties that Cause substantial distress. Interfere with ability to achieve important … Continue reading

Introduction

Bare Witness - Here We Are

Why does art have anything to do with mental illness? I have worked for years as a clinical psychologist in Toronto.  I was respectful, but not particularly interested in how art contributed to healing until artist Susan Schellenberg asked me … Continue reading