Art Journaling for Therapy

Posted on August 22, 2014

Clients who visit my office have a lot of thoughts and ideas about what is going on in their lives.  Many will “journal” their experiences and growth.  Writing down thoughts and feelings uses a different part of the brain than talking about it to friends, family, pastors, and therapists.  Drawing and sketching likewise uses still another part of the brain.

There is a journaling method that I call “Blank Pages,” and it may be helpful to you to document your own journey.  It involves the purchase of a sketchbook from your favorite Big Mart or Art Store. You are free to choose a book of any size.  Inside the book, the pages are blank and large enough to write, scribble, draw, or color thoughts, fears, and ideas.  Clippings from newspapers, magazines, and the Internet can be glued onto the pages.  The lack of printed lines allows freedom to lay ideas on the page wherever it feels comfortable.

Here are some helpful ideas to facilitate the use of a “Blank Pages” book:

  • Keep colored pens, pencils, and markers nearby.
  • A glue stick might come in handy.
  • Date the page so that you can check in later and compare your current growth to the date that you made the page.
  • Feel free to tear out a page if you desire to do so.
  • As the first entry to the book, create an image of a “safe place.”  This allows you a place to go to in the book when the topic you are working on becomes difficult.
  • Name the book.  Change the name from “Blank Pages” to one that applies to your journey.  Consider names like “My Grief Book,” “Life and Faith,” “Freedom from ________” and “Who I Am.”

 Using a variety of methods to process life brings balance to the soul.  The topics of your therapy sessions can give you journal entry ideas.  I will often suggest journal prompts as “homework” assignments.  These often come back as a “work in progress.”  The book can be kept and used for ongoing reference to previous growth and inspiration for future growth.

Written by: Cheryl Vance, LMFT

Cheryl is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Indianapolis. She specializes in relational issues such as personality, communication, and spiritual growth. If you would like to contact Cheryl, she can be reached at Cheryl@groffandassociates.com or 317-474-6448 ext. 106.

 

 

 

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