Stories of Transformation
Discover the power of art therapy and art making.
From depression to joy
Art therapy helped a young adult build emotional growth and self-esteem. More
Pleasure from simple movements
Using a tennis ball to paint is something that can be used, when appropriate, with kids and people with physical impairments.
The orange and yellow painting above was done by an adolescent with multiple handicaps. He was strapped to a wheelchair and had spastic and uncoordinated small motor capacity, so there were a lot of limits to what he could do but he was able to express himself through tennis ball art. He was happy he could push the ball on his own and enjoyed both the visual and kinesthetic component of the activity.
Finding wholeness through images
In art therapy, collages are used to help people visualize a life that fulfills them completely. They are especially effective for people who feel their identity is tied to only one part of who they are.
This 13-year-old boy enjoys music and playing the clarinet, so much so that he decided to give shape to that passion. He was left free to explore different techniques and materials to make his vision come true.
Making a mark against anxiety
Sometimes making marks on paper is all you need. This process proved to be very grounding, soothing and enlivening for a patient with anxiety disorder.
Finding focus and safety
This 68-year old woman with schizophrenia found art therapy sessions a way to relax and focus. The group sessions were an antidote to her isolation and day-time sleepiness.
Bringing joy to a woman with spina bifida
Rachel is a 33-year-old woman with spina bifida and extremely limited motor skills. Art therapy is giving her an outlet for self-expression. More
Creating your own world in the sand is a profound experience that can lead people of all ages to new discoveries. More
Freedom of expression
This creation came from a young creative expression student left free to use all the materials in the studio. She spotted a cow sculpted out of newspaper, cardboard rolls, tin foil and masking tape. She decided to cover it with yellow feathers and thus, "Cownary" was born.
Untangling a distorted self-image
Art therapy helped a defiant anorexic teenager see the distortions in her thinking about herself and her body image. More
Soothing the scars of 9/11
Art therapy helped 9/11 rescue workers struggling with PTSD release some of their emotions. More
Dealing with my mother's Alzheimer's
Art therapy helped me connect with my mother as she was suffering from Alzheimer's and gave me a way to deal with the situation. More
Free to be herself
A girl with learning disabilities found relief and self-satisfaction in being able to decide what she wanted to do. As she wants to be a cheerleader, she chose to paint by dancing to music. She enjoyed the process kinesthetically and emotionally while letting go of pent up energy and feeling free to be herself.
Validating life changes
"During the process of making a drastic life change, Linda's creative expression group kept me balanced, energized, empowered and calm. I was able to express my feelings of anger, fear, and sadness in a nonthreatening creative environment. I captured my journey page by page in an altered book I created that expressed my altered life." - 66-year-old woman
"I have used art and art therapy to relax, focus, and feel whole. Art therapy is an effortless way for me to tap into my unconscious. It offers me joy and play - in accessing my inner child, where a lot of my hang-ups and messages come from. When these things come together, it's a powerful healing tool." - HJT