New Ideas for Art Therapy Group Prompts

This is a continuously updated post about art therapy* prompts and activities for groups. To my knowledge, these are new ideas not otherwise published or included in manuals. These are appropriate for art groups in all sorts of contexts- from therapeutic groups to artists’ meetups and “paint and sip” style get-togethers. Adapt the prompt and your…

Visual Doodles of CBT and Psychodynamic Treatment Models

It can be hard to hammer down what actually IS mental health or mental illness, and how treatments work. Paradoxically, this sometimes feels even more confusing in the middle of graduate school as information from many different theoretical orientations flows out with the volume and velocity of a broken fire hydrant. Yesterday as we had…

patterns can be one way to color adult coloring book pages more mindfully

Using Pen & Ink Patterns to Bring Creative Challenge to Coloring Pages

Election night was a rough one, this year. I was thankful for the distraction that being in class till 8 pm brought, despite it being very obvious that the entire class was tracking election results as they came in and collectively consumed with anxiety over what was occurring. This is, perhaps, one of my favorite things…

Ideas and Prompts for Art Therapy Groups

During my second term of studying for my Master’s in Counseling Psychology, myself and a few friends began meeting as a small group of future therapists who were curious about art-therapy. We wondered how it could be used for practicing techniques we might someday want to use with clients, and as a way for us…

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