Essential Art Therapy Exercises: Effective Techniques to Manage Anxiety, Depression, and Ptsd
Process difficult thoughts and feelings with art therapy
Essential Art Therapy Exercises shows you how creating art can help ease depression, anxiety, PTSD, and life's other challenges. Art therapy activities like drawing, painting, and sculpting will help you better understand your state of mind in order to gain control over your emotions and improve your self-esteem.
From drawing a representation of your favorite song, to writing affirmations and taking photos to match, these therapeutic exercises will help you overcome the mindsets that are holding you back and lead you toward inner peace. Some take only five minutes, others up to an hour, but all of them explore a range of artistic mediums, so you can choose exactly what works for you.
Essential Art Therapy Exercises offers:
- The art of getting better-These sophisticated exercises are a springboard for insight, self-expression, mindfulness, acceptance, and self-compassion.
- Insights and questions-Every activity describes its benefits and offers thoughtful prompts to help you get the most out of each experience.
- No experience required-You don't need to be an artist to use art therapy. It's about the experience of creating-without worry or judgement.
Let art therapy help you paint, draw, and write your way to a happier frame of mind.
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About the Author
LEAH GUZMAN is a professional artist and a board-certified art therapist with a master's degree in art education. She has been practicing art psychotherapy for 17 years, working in schools, hospitals, crisis shelters, jails, retirement homes, and more. Her mission is to show people how creativity can help them heal.
"Leah Guzman has crafted a book of innovative art therapy resources for therapists and other mental health professions to engage clients in healthy artistic processes. Based on her vast experience with children, teens, and adults, she offers numerous art practices divided into chapters dedicated to specific art materials. Each technique includes goals, art materials, directions, and questions for discussion. Art experiences are carefully developed to help individuals engage in creative processes for coping with the devastating effects of some of today's most common emotional concerns. This inspired and thoughtful book is an essential resource for those practicing art therapy today." --Marcia L. Rosal, PhD, ATR-BC, Professor Emerita
"Leah Guzman's Essential Art Therapy Exercises is a treasure chest of transformational tools. This book will make your life better!" --Laura Hollick, founder of Soul Art Studio Inc., creator of the Soul Art Certification