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Mindfulness, Arts, Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy

Mindfulness as a contemplative practice and as a healing force in trauma-informed work-- and some ideas about how mindfulness and art therapy, art and expressive arts therapy intersect.
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Art Therapy is about Resilience, not Pathology...Psychology Today | Epigraph from the art journals of C. Malchiodi ©2015

Art is about Resilience, It Always Has Been

Psychology Today "...artistic creativity is primarily a force of health and well-being rather than a mirror of dysfunction, pathology or disorder. Although the field of art therapy is partially based on seeking diagnostic information from the content of art expressions, in contrast my worldview as a practitioner focuses on facilitating individuals’ creative exploration and artistic self-expression to find both the “pleasant life” as well as the “meaningful life.” ©2015 Cathy Malchiodi, PhD

The Art Therapy + Happiness Project

ART THERAPY + HAPPINESS PROJECT Registration now open! And read the 2015 May issue of our E-Newsletter for free downloadables and links to resources!


ART THERAPY + HAPPINESS PROJECT and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Newsletter with links to resources and free downloadables.


The 2015 ART THERAPY + HAPPINESS PROJECT is open for registration! And the registrations are already rolling in! This is an online community open to anyone who wants to explore creative expression for positivity and well-being, based on four concepts: Connection, Contribution, Courage and Compassion. And of course, the central core value-- Creativity!


Be sure to get into your creative flow in 2015! Getting into Your Creative Flow | Psychology Today #arttherapy #selfcare #health

Getting into the Flow for the New Year

Art therapy, expressive arts therapy and mindfulness in California Wine Country this February 2015...and read this newsletter for free downloadable articles from the website.

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Left Brain Buddhafrom Left Brain Buddha

Mindful Mantras for Kids

Mindful Mantras for Kids < includes lessons and coloring sheets... children can use when they need to skillfully deal with their anger, nervousness, or frustration.

Mindful Mantras for Kids - Left Brain Buddha

Art Therapy + Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy = possible treatment for panic and generalized anxiety disorder. Via Psychology Today | Cathy Malchiodi, PhD

Art Therapy + CBT Treats Panic Disorder--Maybe

Live in the Meow #mindfulness #humor

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Mindful Art: You can use art therapy for exploring and transforming schemas by: 1. Acknowledging the trigger. 2. Identifying and working the body sensation. 3. Working with the feelings, thoughts and behaviors 4. Transforming the pattern.

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For the Mindful Art Therapists out there...a mindfulness benefits infographic

14 Benefits of Mindfulness. {Infographic}

art can be meditative

Explore the health benefits of meditation

In honor of Edith Kramer who died recently at the age of 98...Cool Art Therapy Intervention #1: The Art Therapist’s Third Hand, call it mindsight, empathy or attunement, Kramer's version of art therapy underscored these neurobiology principles.

Cool Art Therapy Intervention #1: The Art Therapist’s Third Hand

Doodling Your Way to a More Mindful Life...the art therapy secret is out, doodling is good for you!

Doodling Your Way to a More Mindful Life

Doodling Your Way to a More Mindful Life...the art therapy secret is out, doodling is good for you!

Doodling Your Way to a More Mindful Life

ART THERAPY + HAPPINESS PROJECT, official announcement from art therapists Janet McLeod [New Zealand] and Cathy Malchiodi [USA]; come join our international community.


Tree of Contemplation underscores why #creative #art #therapy supports #mindfulness and well-being

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Visual Journaling: An Art Therapy Historical Perspective. Visual Journaling | An Art Therapy Historical Perspective. "Art journaling is about having a visual conversation with yourself"-- Cathy Malchiodi

Visual Journaling: An Art Therapy Historical Perspective

Art Therapy 2-Day Workshop

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The film, Free the Mind, explores how little we think about our own breathing and how meditation and yoga can contribute to a healthier, stable mind.This film follows a couple of war veterans who recently returned from their posts overseas but have been suffering PTSD. By the end of the film, the veterans notice a drastic difference. Both find themselves calmer and having less frequent flashbacks of traumatic moments during the war.


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The Fusion of Art and Mindfulness

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Horses and mindfulness: How Dill helps me to be "in the moment."

Horses & Mindfulness: How Dill Helps Me to Be "In the Moment"

Free Mindfulness Meditations download

Free Resources - Free Mindfulness