Poverty and mental health

Health professionals often work with the individual, treating mental health challenges such as depression as a ‘brain illness’ which has emerged as a result of disturbed chemistry within the body. As therapists and counsellors we often work with depression as a ‘mind illness’; working with the individual’s thoughts and stories about their situation and themselves,…

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100 tiny winter sadnesses

This week as the weather turns cold here in the Southern Hemisphere I was thinking about those feelings of melancholy that can arise as the days shorten and the wind is icy, or maybe just when we are tired and weary. These observations for me are often not deep grief but small sadnesses that are often tinged with sweetness about…

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What I wish I could say to every person in therapy

What I want to say to clients who have experienced trauma and are coming to me for art therapy: You are wounded, not damaged – there is a difference. Wounds are something that have happened to you, not who you are. Wounds can heal. Just because you feel worthless, doesn’t mean you are worthless, and…

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Just what the doctor ordered

Many people recognise that art making has therapeutic benefit, emotionally, socially and even physically. So, imagine you are in the office of your GP, and rather than prescribing medication you are prescribed 8 weeks of art lessons. Sound like a wonderful but way-out idea from some utopian future we might all dream of? Not so! Seniors…

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