Year in Review – Prompt #5 Kind gestures

Sometimes we are encouraged to dive into a vision for the new year without processing the year that has been. Have you ever experienced that? As an art therapist and coach I know that feeling, accepting and integrating our feelings, ‘good’ and ‘bad’ is an important part of good health, and an important part of…

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Year in Review – Prompt #4 Giving

Sometimes we are encouraged to dive into a vision for the new year without processing the year that has been. Have you ever experienced that? As an art therapist and coach I know that feeling, accepting and integrating our feelings, ‘good’ and ‘bad’ is an important part of good health, and an important part of…

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Why I love working in community mental health

I’ve been musing lately on my experiences in running art therapy programs for community mental health providers. Why creating welcoming spaces for people in crisis or experiencing extreme states matters: Mental health sufferers face both stigma and other challenges to joining in mainstream activities. Low energy, low mood, feeling anxious, fidgety, being prone to angry outbursts,…

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Taking social isolation seriously

Recent research supports the idea that feeling socially isolated can impact on our physical as well as mental health (1). One of the reasons I love running groups is that a facilitated space can help people connect with others quite deeply in a way that feels safe. Quite simply, connecting with others feels good and…

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