What is Expressive Arts Therapy?

As I continue my work in the community, and my studies which are currently related to trauma and its link to addictive or difficult behaviours I learn more about the benefits and positive transformations that manifest during art therapy sessions. I have always understood that talking about the traumatic event was not enough to help us recover, and that sometimes talking can actually re-traumatise us. Over the last decade or so there has been much research into what happens in the brain when we are subjected to trauma particularly when we are young and the following video by Cathy Malchiodi, expressive art and trauma specialist outlines what it is, and gives a great description of the benefits of expressive arts therapy to help people move on in life after experiencing trauma.

Published by Art Therapy in Ballydehob, West Cork. Marika O'Sullivan

I am an art therapist based in Ballydehob West Cork. My background is in art and design, but I have also worked therapeutically with people for over 20 years. I also have many years experience of creative group facilitation and working in schools with art and design projects. I am currently Art Therapist in ARC,cancer support in West Cork and on the Cosceim panel working with young people in Direct Provision. Other experience includes working with adults of all ages, children and more specifically with adolescents and families who are having difficulties while at this transitional stage. Art Therapy allows creative solutions to difficult situation, the process builds resilience and improved coping skills, bringing joy and the potential to thrive creativity back into one's life.

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