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vendredi 18 mai 2018

The Effects Of Water Color Painting Therapy On Patience With Alzheimer By Jo Ann Danchik

By Dorothy Hughes

Art is truly an expression of self and truth. Well, that is something that many artists attest to be true, one such form of expression that has gained popularity is the art form of watercolour painting therapy. Yes, according to Jo Ann Danchik, art as a form of expression can be used as a therapy tool for most children and adults. Art is a non-invasive way of posing questions and getting the answers, you need without the individually affected feeling vulnerable or manipulated.

This art form of therapy is especially used in children and adults who have encountered some kind of traumatic event or life-altering moment. Painting and drawing are used to help the individual to express suppressed emotions and feelings related to the event without necessarily having to verbalize the details. This is a fantastic way of creating a safe place for the person to share their trauma.

What then tends to happen is that the patient starts to have outbursts as they grow more and more frustrated with themselves. This is when regular one on one conversation therapy stops yielding desired outcomes and therapists are forced to find various ways of opening communication channels with the patient. A great tool that has become quite popular is the use of art as a source of therapy, specifically painting.

Colour has been shown to have a specific positive effect on the brain. With certain colors accessing certain parts of the brain and releasing certain chemicals. Bright colors such as pink and yellow signal joy and life, while colors such as red may signal danger or blood. Darker colors such as black or navy blue are symbols of more ambient and gloomier scenes.

This is where painting as a therapy form really shines through. It allows the individual a pressure less environment to heal from the trauma they have endured while giving them the tools to also process what has happened to them. Most therapists fear that individuals who have had traumatic events happen to them struggle to process the occurrence.

In a number of cases, displacement of emotions tends to occur. Where the individual will place blame on themselves. Using painting allows individuals to correctly asses the event without dissecting it. Although some argue that art doesn t fully get to the bottom of the issue, many therapists disagree.

Associating colors with specific feelings, memories and thoughts are only the first steps. The second step of this form of art therapy is having the patient paint an image. This could be an image from their own past or a completely unrelated image. Painting these images helps the patient assign colors to specific parts of the image which can be quite revealing of a patient s state of mind.

Feeling trapped after a trauma is quite a common occurrence in trauma victims. These feelings stem from a place of fear, and of refusing to feel emotions and be vulnerable. Art as a therapy form is a wonderful way to reopen communication channels.

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