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Creativity Can Be a Healing Medium

Sep 03, 2012 07:05PM ● By Noel B. Purswell


Deciding to embark on the creation of a new artistic masterpiece is not always about the finished product. For many, the creative process is a journey that should be honored as a masterpiece itself. Many world-renowned artists are proudest of pieces that speak to a particular time in their lives; an event or an emotion that he or she was experiencing or a particularly puzzling time in their lives. Not everyone can claim to be an accomplished artist, but everyone should have the opportunity of expression through creativity.

Art therapy, as defined by American Art Therapy Association, is the therapeutic practice of making art by people that have experienced illness, trauma or challenges in living, and also by people that seek personal development. Jessica Stilla is a licensed mental health counselor with a master's degree in art therapy at Stepping Stones Professional Counseling, in Mary Esther. She explains, “Therapy and art together can facilitate added self-awareness and growth for all ages, young and old.”

Through creating art and reflecting upon the finished product and processes, people can experience increased awareness and cope with symptoms, stress and even traumatic experiences, while enjoying the life-affirming pleasures of making art and healing in the process.

Contact Stilla at 850-226-6430 or Noel Purswell is the office manager for Stepping Stones Professional Counseling, Inc.

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