do it yourself art therapy

I’ve been journaling for years about all of my thoughts, feelings and emotions but lately I’ve found it doesn’t seem to have the same calming effect it once did.

When I was in hospital a few months back they did different art projects and I absolutely loved it. Since then I’ve been trying to do some of it on my own at home. Eventually, I share with T what I’ve done and it really seems to help move us through this sticky situation we’ve been in for months.

I’ve been wondering if maybe T can give me some recommendations of different things I can do, or if any of you have done art therapy and maybe have some suggestions for me. So far I’ve gotten ideas from the internet but maybe there’s some cool book out there I could order with suggestions. I don’t really care what it is, as I’m willing to try almost anything at least once.

Mostly, I’m just wanting to get rid of all the shit that’s inside and perhaps finally be able to reduce my therapy sessions by year end. Like we’re going into year 7 and it feels like forever already. I know a lot has happened in my life but oy, it’s a bit too much even for me.

Here are some samples of things I’ve worked on to date. The only one I found really hard was the one titled ‘my frustration story’. That one might have been better to do with T in the room…or at least not when we have longer breaks between sessions. :/

6 thoughts on “do it yourself art therapy

  1. I don’t have any art suggestions as ie never done art therapy before, but I just wanted to say your last picture is so touching. I recognised all the words describing various people, but it was that sweet, poignant little face all alone, trying to be safe in the cosy little teepee she’s made. It made me want to quietly come and sit at the door of the teepee, not blocking it to prevent her exit, but just enough for her to feel another human is with her over there.
    I wonder if it might feel as thought your therapist sits there with you at that teepee? If so, I can imagine how important that could feel, or at least I think it would do for me. But I’ve only done half the amount of therapy you’ve done, this will be the year my counter clocks the 3 year mark. So maybe in another 3 years I’ll be ready to reduce the sessions, for cost as much as anything else! For me, right now though, keeping me okay is invaluable and worth it all. Certainly to create art work like that, which can touch another person like that has done, is a very special thing to be able to do, so I can see why you’d want to find new art therapy ideas and I hope you get some really good ones 😊

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