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Art therapy in a group setting can provide just as many benefits as individual art therapy, and, depending on what one is going through, have even more benefits than one-on-one therapy. As humans, we thrive when we experience community and acceptance within our community.
What happens during a group expressive arts therapy session is each group member goes on their own individual journey throughout the creative process, and then shares their experience with the group. A therapist is there as a guide to facilitate and create a safe, sacred space. Often, the process of having our stories held and heard in a sacred space is healing on its own.
When we have that safe space to share our art with others, and the experiences we had making it, and those feelings and experiences are held by others, we feel a sense of unity and a deeper purpose. It’s an incredibly vulnerable yet courageous act. Even just acknowledging the deep emotions and processing internally without sharing is courageous.
It is okay to quietly witness. You do not necessarily need to be outwardly expressive if that is not what is most true for you. Sharing your art is a deep act of trust and might feel too vulnerable. Perhaps, at that moment, you don’t yet have the words to express how you feel. If it feels too overwhelming, it is enough to listen. However you decide to express it, coming together to create art is healing and helps us embrace our common humanity.
The art that you make becomes a container for whatever feelings come up for you to process.
This past May, our founder, Dayna Wood, and Art Therapist Quinn Smalley facilitated an expressive arts group workshop for Hope for HIE, an organization that does amazing community work for the families of children with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy. Their mission is to help improve the lives of the families of children with HIE and has a comprehensive support network that connects families worldwide. Here are some of the ways you can get involved.
This year, they put together a retreat in St. Petersburg FL for mothers of children with HIE called Hope by the Beach. Dayna and Quinn facilitated an expressive arts workshop to help the mothers discover themselves in a deeper way by decorating their own personal “touchstone” from a variety of materials.
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July 6, 2023
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