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By On November 27th, 2015

The Use of Art Therapy in Spiritual Care

Van Gogh, Painting, DepressionI remember taking an Art Therapy course during my undergraduate program a few years ago.  It was a powerful experience for me, and I personally experienced emotional healing that took place as we used art as a form of therapy. Sometimes when we cannot verbalize our emotions, we can express them through music and in some cases, through art therapy.

Art therapy is an impactful, creative tool that can be used in children’s therapy and in spiritual care sessions. We as spiritual care leaders can use art therapy to see what is going on in the family. This is an excellent tool for marriages that have communication problems or a child who has difficulty expressing him/herself. It is a great conversation tool. Children can be encouraged to keep an artistic reflective journal.

God is the Master of Arts, and He created wonderful colors and majestically designed the universe. We can be in awe looking at the creation around us; the beautiful mountains and the streams of water flowing from the mountain tops.  Just for that one second, life is on hold. We forget our troubles and just ponder His goodness. In that moment, we can believe if God created the heavens, the stars and the moon, surely, He can take care of our problems.

I encourage you during the holiday season to visit the Art Museum(s), and ponder what the artist(s) was thinking when he created that magnificent piece of art.

For pastors, art therapy is a great tool to bring yourself to a restful place in times of stressful moments, while supporting your own personal growth.  Brookhaven Hospital’s Renewal Christian Care program is here to serve you. Our next Pastoral Seminar will be on Thursday, December 10th,  2015.  Please call 918-438-4257 for more information.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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