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Paste Papers: The How To…

by Michelle Dean 04-09-2014 | 2:35PST | Comments (2)

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For centuries, artisans have been decorating papers by drawing designs in colored paste (Maurer). Paste papers are lovely way to create easy decorative papers, which may be admired on their own, incorporated into drawings or utilized in a variety of contexts such as collage, book binding, and scrapbooking.  They lend themselves to a multitude of educational […]

Art Psychotherapists: What is Your Worth?

by Michelle Dean 06-06-2014 | 5:47PST | Comments (17)

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I am often consulted for advice from art therapists regarding professional questions and concerns. Here is one, from an art therapist in a major metropolitan city in the US. She has given me permission to share this because she and I both felt it an important topic to contemplate and discuss. Question: “I was asked […]

Group Art Therapy

by Michelle Dean 19-05-2014 | 9:28PST | Comments (2)

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Group therapy works!  In studies comparing group psychotherapy to individual therapy, group therapy has been shown to be as effective and sometimes even more effective.  In cases of medical illness, there is substantial evidence that this form of therapy helps people cope better with their illness, enhances the quality of their lives and, in some cases, […]

Creating Meaning through Relationships

by Michelle Dean 28-04-2014 | 3:30PST | Comments (0)

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In terms of relationships and the ability to bridge at least two terrains, I personally like Hermes as a possible mascot for art therapy.  All humor aside, Hermes was most commonly described as a Greek Olympian god of boundaries and travelers who cross them.  He was a translator and messenger from the gods (the spiritual […]