Ride the wave.

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Felt the itch to create something today. When I make my own art, I experiment with techniques or directives I would use with a client. In this way, I can experience the art activity from the perspective of the client. and then evaluate whether the activity would be appropriate for a client, or consider altering it to make it suit a client.
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A “Crappy” Drawing

In my work as a creative arts therapist, I implement mindfulness-based practices that emphasize the importance of the inward journey; connecting with the mysterious and esoteric parts of the self. This involves meditation and art making, as a way of getting in touch with my “inner knowing.” I also happen to be finishing up a collaborative […]

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Altered Books, Altered Self-Compassion — HAVEN Give Hope A Voice

Guest Blog by Anne Sutton, MA LPC, HAVEN – Counseling Program “Self-compassion is extending compassion to one’s self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering.” – Dr. Kristen Neff, author of Self-Compassion Self-Compassion as a daily practice can be very difficult for survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual violence. Trauma alters our inner self-talk, […]

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Explosion of Feelings: Volcano Making — Child Life Mommy


As a specialist in the hospital you work with kids who can become very angry over what their experiencing or they can become incredibly withdrawn and shut everyone out. There is a great solution to help build trust with kids and support them emotionally. The intervention that many specialists use is making volcanos with kids. […]

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Finding Wholeness Piece by Piece — Resources for Kids with Absent Parents

I stumbled across the title track of Kelly Clarkson’s most recent album, “Piece by Piece,” when a friend shared it on Facebook. Little did I know that I was about to hear a song about healing from the hurt of an absent parent. In this song, Clarkson emotionally tells the journey of how she was […]

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