A new experience. I started art therapy

so well yesterday i started art therapy. i already shared my piece on here. we have a masters art therapy student on placement at the basement club. im not sure how long she’s going to be with us for. but well she is building up her experience with clients. and she’s doing one to ones. for free. i had never tried art therapy before. so when she offered I jumped at the chance to try it out. I thought why not? I might actually like it. And I do like being creative. And I like expressing myself through different mediums. So I gave it a go. And I was pleasantly surprised! I loved it! I created a piece that represented a storm. It represented my stormy emotions. I felt very stormy when I arrived at the basement club, as I had had an argument with my dad before leaving the house. So the piece represented that. I was pleased with how it turned out. My therapists name is Emily. She said she would organise to get some other materials to use next week. For collaging. Today I used paper and paints. Different colored paper. And acrilic paints. It was neat! I can honestly say I had fun! And I am really glad I did this! I was thinking at first that maybe this would not be for me. Because when I asked her what materials she had for doing the art she said colored pencils, paints, etc. And then I automatically thought she’d want me to draw. And well, being blind thats a no go. But we talked about it and she said since I dont have my sight that we can do other things. And i can create in other ways. Any ideas any of you can give me for art approaches or methods or things i can do will be great! I’m all ears! Or if anyone is an artist or an art therapist and has worked with art in the past let me know what kinds of things you did! Or again if your a therapist and you’ve worked with disabled people let me know! Anyway I am happy with my efforts! I am glad I did it I challenged myself and it worked out and I am happy about it!

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Author: Carol Anne

I am a woman in my mid 30's. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

12 thoughts on “A new experience. I started art therapy”

  1. I would assume that arts where you build something would be helpful for you. Like clay or play dough (I know it’s for children but I don’t know any other names for it ๐Ÿ˜Š) or even paper mache would be good for your expression. I think it’s great that they offer it. Beneficial for both sides. I think that is very empowering ๐Ÿ˜—๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿž๐Ÿ

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  2. I don’t think you have to completely rule out drawing. Have you thought about painting (or drawing using a small bottle with a nozzle) with a textured paint like some of ones designed for fabric painting? That would allow you to feel the picture once it’s dry, not just the outline but you can get paint that has a puffy or velvety texture as well

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      1. You can get different thicknesses of paint, and there is also stuff you can add to acrylic paint to make it more textured. I don’t know what is in the fabric paint but there is one called puffy paint which ends up like marshmallow.

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      2. Great! Thanks DV! I appreciate your telling me about it. I will ask emily about it. Maybe she knows where to get it! Im sure she does being that she’s an art therapy student. xox

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  3. How great that you find art therapy interesting and helpful! And I’m glad you enjoy it. I’ve never had ar therapy as such myself, but I also agree that clay or anything similar would be a very good material, especially that it is also so durable so that you can take it and keep it for yourself if it’s possible for you to fire it somewhere, and it’s a tactile thing so you can actually see the effects of what you’ve done yourself. Or you can use salt dough too, as I guess it’s easier to get it and perhaps you could make it with your therapist too, for my Zofijka making salt dough is also a big part of fun she has with it. ๐Ÿ˜€

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