Art Therapy

Hey everyone,

I know I was going to discuss how my Self-Help group went last night, but I’ll briefly discuss that in a minute.

Firstly, I’d like to note that a new “page” has been added to my blog! Eakk!

It features most (I have removed some which contain photos of family or family names), of my Art Therapy work.

Taken from Wikipedia… (Yes, I know the most untrustworthy website on the WWW!)

The British Association of Art Therapists defines art therapy as:

…a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication. It is practised by qualified, registered Art Therapists who work with children, young people, adults and the elderly. Clients who can use art therapy may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These include, for example, emotional, behavioral or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, brain-injury or neurological conditions and physical illness. Art therapy may be provided for groups, or for individuals, depending on clients’ needs. It is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable. Clients do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in art.

I really enjoyed using Art as a way of expression. I have, for a long time used art and writing to express my feelings and being able to in a group based scenario was really nice. It felt good to not be alone, and show how we all interpret work differently.

If you would so kindly, take a look at my work and feel free to comment on them, then please do.

You can visit here:

Art Therapy

Or just click on the words ‘Art Therapy’ at the top of the blog page!

And now… Secondly, I would like to raise your awareness to a GoFundMe page I have just set up. I have my doubts that I will not achieve the goal by the time the course happens, but I live in hope!

I’ve just copied and pasted a few snippets here from my campaign, I actually reordered it too…

“I attended my first Self-Help group on 26th August, and the facilitator heard most of this story, and how I am suffering, and has suggested that I give MBCT a go.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a psychological therapy designed to aid in preventing the relapse of depression.

It uses traditional Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) methods and adds in newer psychological strategies such as mindfulness and mindfulness meditation.

MBCT will help me learn mind management skills leading to heightened metacognitive awareness, acceptance of negative thought patterns and an ability to respond in skillful ways, which having a history of being destructive would be an incredible achievement.

MBCT teaches to decenter negative thoughts and feelings, allowing the mind to move from an automatic thought pattern to conscious emotional processing, which means my irrational thoughts, feelings/emotions could too be helped out.

And by training the mind to connect with the body, I would hope it would help to prevent the negative loop of pain – self hatred/worthless/useless – fatigue – pain etc, by embracing it and living in the moment and being aware that all is okay!”

So, if I am so lucky to have any readers – Please do visit my GoFundMe page here: MBCTforErica have a read. No need to donate, I just wanted to raise awareness of what I am trying to do, and share with you my attempts at trying to keep sane in this crazy world.

—Right now, I am fuming about something in regards to this issue… I can’t divulge but let’s say I will calm down soon…!—

Anyway, due to the unexpected feelings I’ve just ended up with, I’m calling this a day.

I’ll catch up with you all soon no doubt.

Take care,