Art therapy and depression




I regularly hear this expressed in various ways from my clients after experiencing the wonderful healing journey that is experienced through art and art therapy.

Depression is often triggered by trauma, significant life changes, divorce or relationship troubles, death of a loved one, losing a job, failing at something we have strived to succeed at. These are but a few reasons, and then there are the people that suffer with depression that cannot pinpoint an event or something that triggered it but seem to one day or over a period of time lose energy, lose the will to interact with family and friends, or to attend activities and hobbies that we formerly enjoyed.

Art therapy with a qualified practitioner, allows us to explore that which we normally keep hidden, or have difficulty expressing with language. It’s interesting that simply starting a drawing or doodle can trigger emotions and thoughts that are new and previously unexplored in the therapy setting or in our daily lives.

Often my clients will be happily painting or drawing away in one of my workshops and suddenly they will see something in their creation that triggers an emotion or thought that makes them sit back and take pause.

At this point it is up to the art therapist to determine the correct mode of engagement with the client and there are various ways that this can occur.

Time and time again I see my clients express that the process of art creation in some way frees them from their thoughts and this then can become quite addictive! This is because the neural pathways in our brain are experiencing pleasure at the process of creation and this so desired when we grapple with depression.

So I encourage you, that if you are feeling any of the symptoms of depression to start to explore the activity of creating arts and crafts, and make sure that you speak to a professional about the depression if you have not already done so.



About Missladypetal

Hello my name is Peta, and i'm a mixed media artist, teacher and Art Therapist. I have always been a creative person and have found outlets in music, singing, scrapbooking, quilting and now I have settled into mixed media. As an Art Therapist, i help my clients lead more fulfilling and happy lives through creative expression. When you enter the creative space, you use the unconscious part of your mind and access deep seated emotions and feelings associated with issues that could be stopping you from living the life that you want. I use targeted art therapy creative activities and pyschotherapy to delve into these issues in such a relaxing and enjoyable way to better identify things that you may feel unable or unwilling to talk about in a traditional therapy setting. Mixed Media offers endless variety and I enjoy the freedom of art journalling because i don't have my studio constantly clogged with canvases that are waiting to be sold and I'm always 'Auditioning' a painting idea or technique in my journals before translating that onto canvas or board. I enjoy teaching art journalling and mixed media techniques to my online students and through lessons at various community organisations in the Logan Community of Qld, Australia. Come join me on my artistic journey and..... Learn something new today, it keeps you Young!

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  1. Pingback: Art therapy and depression — Peta Thompson – Art Therapy – gyda's yellow roses

    • yes Helen I will be the events page will be updated and shared and will also be on my facebook peta thompson art therapist page as well. logan womens health and wellbeing will also advertise my workshops on their fb page as well. just waiting on the flyers to be created


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