Expressive Arts For Trauma Healing

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Did you know that expressing yourself through art can mobilize your emotions and memories in ways that talk therapy often cannot? 

This is because trauma, emotions, and memories are stored within the body (van der Kolk, 2014). 

However, conventional forms of therapy – such as talk therapy – can tend to view trauma as something that solely affects the mind. 

In turn, this overlooks the importance of the body in trauma healing – leading survivors feeling stuck and frustrated as they struggle to move through their emotions and memories.

Thankfully, according to Dr. Peter Levine, we can use somatic therapies to access the trauma-affected nervous system directly, where we can gradually release trauma symptoms to restore ourselves and our bodies to a place where genuine healing can begin. 

One approach that we can take to express ourselves and release the trauma stored in our bodies is by making art. 

Through safe and meaningful art-making activities such as finger painting, pottery, drawing, and collage, we can reintegrate our bodies and our minds to reframe our past experiences in a new light (Cherry, 2021; Dexter, 2022; Malchiodi, 2003). 

Not only that, but these activities can be incredibly empowering too. 

This is because we have the autonomy to communicate our innermost feelings in whichever way we see fit, harnessing the energy to change the outcomes of our past into what we wish to see and feel (Malchiodi, 2020).

It’s a practice that’s just for us – it’s a practice that we deserve.

There are many other benefits of art therapy too. These include: 

  • The reduction in symptoms of depression (Cherry, 2021). 
  • Reduced feelings of stress (Dexter, 2022).
  • Improved mood, self-esteem, and self-awareness (Dexter, 2022, Mayden, 2012).
  • An easy tool to safely work through traumatic events and memories (Dexter, 2022).
  • A new, exciting way to express ourselves and rediscover our inner light (Dexter, 2022).

In our new program, Expressive Arts For Trauma Healing, we will guide you through 10 days of gentle artistic techniques that can help you to express your identity, improve your resiliency, and build a stronger relationship with yourself. 

We’ll also discuss the potential healing benefits of art in our six expert-led theory modules.

By the end of the program, we hope that therapists and their clients will have discovered safe and practical techniques they can incorporate into their healing toolbox.

These gentle and playful approaches intend to change our perceptions of ourselves from victims to survivors (Malchiodi, 2020). 

Introducing Expressive Arts For Trauma Healing: Therapeutic Techniques To Rediscover Your Creative Self

Day 1: Finding Safety 

Explore an art therapy technique to help develop a sense of trust. This can allow the art to serve as a safe container to explore thoughts and feelings to feel safe and grounded. 

Day 2: Channeling Permission To Trust

Explore an art therapy technique to help establish a sense of trust. In this exercise, the art serves as a safe space to explore thoughts and feelings about trusting oneself and trusting others.

Day 3: Uncovering Support Systems Through Circle Drawing 

Learn to create a safe vessel to express thoughts and emotions to strengthen feelings of better connection and support from friends, mental health professionals, family, and yourself. 

Day 4: The Paper Bead Technique  

Explore an art therapy technique to help with the concept of sharing power. Use this as a safe space to explore thoughts and feelings about accepting and offering power. 

Day 5: Harnessing Resiliency With Watercolor 

Explore an art therapy technique to help establish a sense of resiliency. In this exercise, the art serves as a safe vessel to explore thoughts and feelings around harnessing resilience and strength.

Day 6: Box Decoration For Agency 

 Engage in a hands-on box decoration technique to help focus on the inner and outer self. Learn to use art to explore thoughts and feelings about integrating your inner and outer experiences.

Day 7: Expressing Culture And Self-Identity Through Abstract Drawing

Engage in an abstract drawing to connect with feelings associated with your culture and explore thoughts and feelings around honoring cultural aspects of self-identity.  

Bonus Therapeutic Art Techniques

  • Bonus Day 1: Intrusive Thoughts Container  

  • Bonus Day 2: Visualizing Wave Breath

  • Bonus Day 3: Mandala Vision Map

Theory Modules

Theory Module 1: An Introduction To Art Therapy As A Practice With Trudy Kim (32-min)

  • The difference between art making and art therapy
  • The use of art therapy and brain change
  • The do’s and don’t of facilitating art therapy
  • Art therapy as an assessment and therapeutic tool 
  • Misconceptions around art therapy

Theory Module 2: Exploring Art Therapy Techniques With Trudy Kim (18-min)

  • Planning the facilitation of art therapy
  • Therapeutic art techniques for survivors and clinicians to try
  • Considerations for trauma-informed art therapy
  • The history of art theory
  • Distinguishing art therapists’ credentials
  • The healing factors of art therapy and its impact on brain functioning

Theory Module 3: The History, Components, And Approach Of Phototherapy With Behzad Bernous (25-min)

  • Defining therapeutic photography 
  • Explore the history of therapeutic photography 
  • Discover the psychology behind photography 
  • Utilizing creative expression in therapeutic photography

Theory Module 4: Phototherapy And Healing Trauma With Behzad Bernous (25-min)

  • Discover how phototherapy can help heal trauma 
  • Explore examples of phototherapy in practice 
  • References and resources for further study 

Theory Module 5: The Foundations of Art Therapy With Rory O’Neil (31-min)

  • Defining art therapy 
  • The required training to be an art therapist 
  • Different ways art therapy can help the therapeutic process
  • Misconceptions about art therapy 
  • Who can benefit from art therapy
  • The various techniques used in art therapy

Theory Module 6: The Processes of Art Therapy With Rory O’Neil (24-min)

  • Differentiating between ‘art therapy’ and ‘therapeutic art’
  • The different mediums used in art therapy 
  • How art and creativity assist in trauma healing 
  • Safe therapeutic art exercises to engage in at home 
  • Art and the reconnection to the self 

All Rewire Therapy Programs Come With:

  • A private support community

  • Lifetime access to the program and all future updates

  • Technical support via email and text

  • Start at any time at your own pace

  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Register Here for $240

You’ll get all 6 theory modules, therapeutic art techniques, learning tools, plus receive three additional expert-guided therapeutic art techniques you can immediately integrate into your trauma toolbox to help you work more effectively with a dysregulated nervous system.

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Thousands Of Healing Transformations With Rewire Therapy

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“For the first time ever, I feel like I understand what's happening in my body.” 

 

Andrea, USA
"I was super-skeptical if this would work for me because I had literally tried everything and nothing was helping my PTSD... A week into the course and I already feel a huge difference."
 

Emily R, New York
"I bought a course on trauma healing from MindValley but totally didn't relate to the teacher or the content. Listening to female experts who have been there really makes all the difference. Thank you so much :-)."
 
Jessica L, Toronto
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"I've learned to truly listen to my body once again. This course has been a true gift."
 

Jenna, Survivor, USA
"I think the weirdest difference I noticed was that when I was practicing the exercises in Week 1... I began to feel my feet again. I realized I had dissociated from my feet for so long."
 
 
Jason R, Los Angeles
"I've been trying to heal my PTSD for years. It always felt like I took 2 steps forward and 1 step back. I just purchased this course and it's already paid for itself. The information in week 1 alone was more helpful than anything else I've done."
 
Marie G, Quebec
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I was in a good place anyway. But this is the missing puzzle piece that I needed.”
 
 
Robert E, Portugal

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You’ll get all 6 theory modules, therapeutic art techniques, learning tools, plus receive three additional expert-guided therapeutic art techniques you can immediately integrate into your trauma toolbox to help you work more effectively with a dysregulated nervous system.

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Meet The Experts

Tanya Zajdel

Tanya’s work with trauma healing and survivorship has been featured at the Tribeca Film Festival, CBC News, Vox Tablet and Iheart Radio.

Tanya is a mental health worker, a women’s health nurse, and a published feminist author. Tanya focuses primarily on creating programs that facilitate trauma healing through creating new neural connections in the brain called 'neuroplasticity exercises'.

Her techniques combine various proven therapies to repair and reset the nervous system after trauma including somatic therapy, yoga, drama therapy, dance therapy, CBT, qigong, EMDR, vagal toning, authentic movement, and a combination of expressive, creative art therapies.

Trudy Kim (ATR-BC, LPC, NCC)

Trudy has been a board-certified art therapist (ATR-BC) since 2005 and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia since 2007. She has also been a board-certified counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) since 2008.

In 2020, Trudy became a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP), applying neuropsychologically-informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat anxiety, panic, and worry. And in 2021, she become a Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F), adapting evidence-based, body-based yoga forms to assist those with chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD.

 

Behzad Bernous, Psy.D

Behzad Bernous is a Licensed clinical psychologist, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Certified Life Coach (LC).

Dr. Bernous is a professor of psychology and runs his private practice in Newport Beach, CA. Dr. Bernous is an active member of the Mental Health Society and hosted several radio shows and TV shows. Dr. Bernous has extensive knowledge and experience in psychology and art which enables him to be an avid observer, a good listener, as well as a creative solution finder.

Rory O'Neill Schmitt, Ph.D.

Rory O’Neill Schmitt, Ph.D. is an author, educator, and filmmaker. She has written Navajo and Hopi Art in Arizona (2016), New Orleans Voodoo (2019), and is writing her third book with Arcadia Publishing: Edgar Degas in New Orleans.

Currently manager of faculty development at the University of Southern California, she previously worked as a board-certified art therapist and director and served as Arizona Art Therapy Association president. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from Arizona State University and her master's in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts.

Jooske Honig

Jooske Honig is a qualified holistic drawing therapist, a certified intuitive energy reader, a trained holistic masseuse, an energetic bodyworker, and an Acroyoga instructor. She holds a certificate in Mindful Somatic approaches to trauma Therapy and non-violent communication with children.

She has had her own practice In-Spiral since 2016, and works online in a beautiful studio; Aotearoa Embodiment Collective is based in the center of Dunedin, New Zealand.

Register Here for $240

You’ll get all 6 theory modules, therapeutic art techniques, learning tools, plus receive three additional expert-guided therapeutic art techniques you can immediately integrate into your trauma toolbox to help you work more effectively with a dysregulated nervous system.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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You’ll get all 6 theory modules, therapeutic art techniques, learning tools, plus receive three additional expert-guided therapeutic art techniques you can immediately integrate into your trauma toolbox to help you work more effectively with a dysregulated nervous system.

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Sources

 
Cherry, K. (August 31, 2021). What is art therapy. Verywellmind. https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-art-therapy-2795755
 
Dexter, G. (January 13, 2022). The benefits of art therapy. Verywellhealth. https://www.verywellhealth.com/art-therapy-5212229
 
Malchiodi, C. (May 29. 2020). What is trauma informed expressive arts therapy. Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/za/blog/arts-and-health/202005/what-is-trauma-informed-expressive-arts-therapy
 
Malchiodi, C. (2003). Handbook of art therapy. The Guilford Press: New York.
 
Mayden, K. (2012). Mind-body therapies: Evidence and implications in advanced oncology practice. Journal of the advanced practitioner in oncology, 3(6), 357-373.
 
Van der Kolk, B. (2014). The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. Viking.
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