What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a relatively new field rooted in the idea that creative expression can help to foster healing and improve mental well-being. According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy uses “active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.”1 When done consistently and facilitated by a professional art therapist, art therapy can...[ read more ]

LGBT Pride Month

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word "pride" is defined as the quality or state of being proud: such as, a reasonable or justifiable self-respect; delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship.11 Pride, as opposed to shame, rejects any feelings of guilt, inadequacy, or censure.12 Considering the lengthy history involved in fighting for LGBT acceptance and legal...[ read more ]

Juneteenth and Mental Health Awareness

“The most significant drama in the last thousand years of human history is the transportation of ten million human beings out of the dark beauty of their mother continent in the new-found Eldorado of the West. They descended into Hell; and in the third century they arose from the dead, in the finest effort to achieve democracy for the working...[ read more ]

The Increasing Mental Health Crisis in the Wake of COVID

Tips and crisis resources are listed at the end of this article. Mental health issues are more common than many people realize. In fact, roughly one in seven people have one or more mental health issues or substance use issues (Dattani et al., 2021). Mental health issues have been on the rise even prior to the pandemic. Between 1990 and...[ read more ]

Autism in Women and Girls

What do you picture when you think of an individual with autism? Do you see a minimally-verbal little boy who is obsessed with trains and flaps his hands? What about a young man like Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, or a savant like in the movie Rain Man? Were any of your images of a girl or woman?...[ read more ]

Autism 101: Busting Common Myths and Stereotypes

Autism is a highly misunderstood condition. Although most people are aware of its existence, much of society’s specific knowledge and understanding is still minimal. Additionally, stereotypes surrounding autism are pervasive and continue to promote harmful misinformation. In honor of April being Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month, let’s bust some common myths and misconceptions about autism. (more…)

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