therapy with creativity
“I have turned to the fiber arts as quick therapy. The repetitive motions are very meditative but yet need enough attention it can break my thought process as it relates to thinking about death and dying. A few times, on really bad days, I have poured the anxiety into whatever I was making to get rid of it – and most of the time it worked.” -@creationsbycris in an online post about living with anxiety
Craft therapy is healing and invigorates the mind as well as the body. Robert Reiner, PhD, a New York University psychologist, says that crafts reduce stress. "The act of performing a craft is incompatible with worry, anger, obsession, and anxiety…. They're stress-busters in the same way that meditation, deep breathing, visual imagery, and watching fish are.".
This type of therapy can work however you want it to - we can have some sessions of counselling first, and together work out how you want to express yourself in a creative way. For example, if there is an issue which you find difficult, you could then use colour, texture or images to put your feelings into visual form such as a wet felted picture. Or you could make some objects or characters, maybe a small scene, out of polymer clay. Another idea might be to work on a longer term project such as a wall hanging made of mixed media, (felt, wool, fabric, clay) which expresses how you feel.
Whatever you want to do, both the craft cabin and the counselling cabin as well as the woodland garden can be at your disposal for the pre-arranged times. Materials can be provided, cost of the therapy depends on what you would like to do. the work you produce may be light or it may be dark - see the work of people such as Tracey Emin ...
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