Art therapy activities that link a negative experience with a beneficial experience boost resilience and make it easier to recover from difficulties. Here are three art therapy activities in a step-by-step video designed to provide this kind of helpful linkage experience.
I’ve had some fun being creative and coming up with new ways to use art in session to help clients use beneficial experiences to boost resilience (especially in relationship to painful or difficult experiences). With the research that neuroscience provides, we now understand the importance of creating mismatch experience to assist clients in overcoming trauma. We also understand the necessity of nurturing, enriching, and absorbing beneficial experiences so that our neuropathways are primed with good feeling options.
Here is the step-by-step video I made to demonstrate the three activities. And, yes, I tried to use Dollar Store materials because I don’t think art and art therapy should require that we have a fully stocked studio!