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  • Monique Rickard

The secret healing connection between intuition and art therapy.

Updated: Nov 20, 2021

Dance, paint, or sculpt your way toward greater healing through intuitive art.

How to summon your inner creator.

A quick google search for Art Therapy, and you will find many trained psychologists and counseling centers who offer art as part of their treatment plan. But how does it work?

Art therapy is about the process of expression, not about creating a masterpiece. Often, when trauma is experienced, emotions are put on hold for self-preservation. While in the creative flow, a projection of those experiences is often portrayed through the artform and can be a way to process buried pain.

Artistic expression can help anyone in a current situation that negatively impacts their mental health or requires healing from past trauma. For introverts, an art therapy session usually begins with one-on-one counseling to focus on self-realization. Extroverts can expect sessions that include group therapy and involve sharing their work with others.

The secret to healing is expressing underlying issues hidden within the subconscious. Through artistic expression, people can vent negative emotions, communicate their point of view, and even shift their vibration toward more positive feelings such as gratitude or happiness.

Think of your artform as your inner wisdom/guidance co-creating with the universe. Understanding the deeper meaning behind the artwork involves intuition and a skilled therapist. Whatever you produce becomes a window into your soul, allowing you to be aware of your subconscious needs and desires.

To access a wealth of creativity and inner knowledge, you must give yourself permission to try. The process will unfold naturally, as long as you don't judge or label the end result as good or bad.

Keep in mind your artistic expression should never involve hurting yourself or others. If you are having thoughts of suicide, self-harm, or homicidal rage, seek immediate medical help by calling 911.

Appreciating art and cultivating the audaciousness to create your own.

The best way to get in the creative flow is exposure. We are all adjusting to life during the pandemic, but if you feel comfortable & take safety precautions, you can now attend live theater. Or, if you prefer, experience virtual tours of countless museums, attend live concerts from your living room, and learn TikTok dances. You can watch Bob Ross reruns and beat the devil out of your paintbrushes.

I still swoon over Monet's impressionist artwork after seeing his pieces at MOMA (Museum Of Modern Art) in New York a few years ago. And, I'm looking forward to experiencing the 'Imagine Van Gogh' exhibit when it comes to my neck of the woods.

Getting Started

Even if you fail miserably at Pictionary, there are many other art forms to choose from. Besides painting, art therapy can include photography, knitting or weaving, pottery, woodcarving, sculpting, film/theater, dance, music, collage, paper-mâché, poetry or creative writing.

Maybe one suggestion stands out to you, or perhaps you need to dabble in a little of each to see which art form is the best fit. As long as you keep an open mind and open heart, healing is possible.

The Benefits of Intuitive Artwork Include:

  • Improved quality of life for those suffering from chronic pain or illness.

  • Decreased levels of depression and anxiety.

  • Promotes self-reliance and confidence.

  • Can facilitate empathy and acceptance.

  • Increased concentration and the ability to focus.

Where to find help:

To locate a qualified art therapist, search for a counselor with a minimum of a master’s degree in art therapy & integrated program in psychotherapy. They should accredited and look for the initials ATR-BC after their name, the therapist is registered and has passed an examination to become board-certified by the ATCB (Art Therapy Credentials Board).

Check with your medical insurance to see if there may be medical waivers to help with lapses in coverage. They may also provide a list of approved providers. Art Therapy sessions are held in a variety of places.

  • Art Studios

  • Community Centers

  • Counseling or Private Therapy Offices

  • Hospitals

  • Residential Treatment Centers

Too often, we neglect our emotions and sacrifice our happiness because of the stigma around mental health. Getting help and cultivating a healthy sense of self-worth is honorable. If you've been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, contact your mental health provider to explore all your treatment options.

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