Art therapy is a therapeutic tool that helps with the expression of experiences, feelings, thoughts and imaginations. Its effectiveness is linked to projections and interpretations that one makes with the creation of their art.
Art therapy can be a useful method of expressing oneself when words and feelings are difficult to formulate – when language fails, the visual “word” can work in its stead to make visible the invisible (thoughts, feelings, behaviours). Art therapy can be used to help facilitate the release of anxiety, of anger, of sadness, to bring about calm. Meditative art can also be used in the mindfulness process.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is widely used as a short term treatment of anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive behaviours and stress. CBT maintains that how one thinks influences ones feelings and ultimately their behaviour. Therapy involves becoming aware of thought patterns that are habitual and often unknown and challenging these automatic thoughts to bring about a change in how one views, not only themselves, but world and people around them. For example, if one unconsciously keeps thinking that they will fail, then the feeling can be anxiety and ultimately they may not attempt what they fear and cause failure- a self-fulfilling prophesy—-and the loop continues.
Thought patterns become ingrained through repetition, causing feelings and ultimately behaviours to “rule” one’s life. Cognition- awareness of these thoughts throws a “monkey wrench” in this automatic process.
A process commonly used for treatment of BPD- this process incorporates the management of feelings to gain mastery and ultimately reduce helplessness and anxiety.
During a hypnotic session, one can come out at will without the aid of the therapist.
Hypnosis can help with anxiety, stress, and sleep, changing eating patterns, calm, confidence and other such situations.