Cool Art Therapy Intervention #1: The Art Therapist’s Third Hand

Cool Art Therapy Intervention #1 is not a technique or method, but the essence of what makes art therapists different from other professionals who use art in counseling, therapy and medicine. It’s called the “third hand” and it’s really art therapy’s v…

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #2: Active Imagination

Call it active imagination, free association, image dialogue, or even a rant. It’s about helping the image to speak your truths, whether through words, visualization, or another art form-and it’s one of the major centerpieces in the practice of art the…

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #3: It’s All About the Metaphor

Draw a person in the rain. Make a picture of a bird’s nest. Use clay to create an image of yourself as an animal. Or just paint whatever you’d like. Now talk about it with your therapist. It’s all about the metaphor. Primary Topic:  …

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #4: Visual Journaling

The Cool Art Therapy Interventions Countdown is back; coming in at #4 is a popular technique most often known as “visual journaling.” Visual journals have been used for centuries as records of ideas and imagination, creative autobiographical expres…

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #7: Creating Together

There is a distinctive kind of creative energy generated when people work in a group to create art. Call it synergy or collective flow; whatever you call it, it changes our perceptions of who we are and shows us how to get by with a little creative hel…

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #8: Mask Making

Masks are worn for performance, entertainment, disguise, concealment, or protection. They have been around since ancient times and have been used in ceremony, storytelling, and dramatic enactment. Making a mask invites you to explore the persona you re…

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Cool Art Therapy Intervention #10: Magazine Photo Collage

Those magazine picture clippings you have been saving in a drawer might just mean more than you think. And it’s related to the first installment of the “ten coolest art therapy interventions.” Primary Topic:  …

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