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Creative Art therapy, Writing therapy, unsent letters, photography, drawing, PTSD, trauma, anxiety, Depression, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, relationships, self-esteem…

I am just starting my counselling course research project. I have chosen ‘creative art therapy’. Writing and

gotta keep smiling through adversity

gotta keep smiling through adversity

Photography therapy will be my main subjects. I cannot wait to start as I have gained so much from writing and photography as self-help to overcome adversities in my own life since I was fourteen. I have written diaries, unsent letters, journals, blogs, memoir’s (published) and taken thousands of photographs to capture scenes, moods, expressions, views, good times, not so good times and my travels. I have a lot to give the project and look forward to reading all the research that has been done on a professional level. I had considered writing a self-help book about creative art therapy, so hope this will help me achieve that too.

I have kept a diary since I was fourteen. When I wrote in it, it was like telling a good friend, so it was a release, but because no-one would ever read them, I could write exactly what I wanted – how I really felt, thought, behaved, without worrying about anyone else’s bias ideas. I could also read diaries from the past and bring back memories, or use them to help me to understand past events.

I wrote unsent letters to people (alive or passed away), to tell them how I really feel about certain things. An unbiased, get it all out style with an almost formal approach to it, yet full of my emotions, thoughts and feelings, all laid out on the paper in the written word. Permanent, yet unsent. The person will never see the letter, yet it’s a great release to have written it.

I have, at times, drawn doodles, and I think a lot can be drawn from what and how you doodle – like a drawing from the unconscious. All these things help you to be mindful.

I have taken absolutely thousands of photographs (even when I had to get them printed from film). Photos are memories, good or bad and can be looked at any time. Creative photography can highlight the way our minds are working – why did we take it? What were we thinking of? What were we trying to capture? Nowadays I take photos often for sharing on-line – things that make me happy like my cat, hamster, plants, meals, scenery, things around my house, fish, holidays, days out etc It helps me focus on the positives in my life

Gardening is great. I don’t have a garden but I have twenty odd pots outside the front of my house, full of plants and flowers. They give me great pleasure, tending to them, watching them grow and seeing the vibrancy of colour during their flowering times.

There’s so much more to creative arts therapy, which can be helpful for trauma, PTSD, Dementia and Alzheimer’s, relationship issues, self-esteem, depression, anxiety and more. It appears to be a very powerful therapy, and I know that, in self-help, it has helped me tremendously.

To be continued… 🙂 For now, you can read my post about writing therapy by CLICKING HERE (opens in a new window)

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