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An Examination of Eco-Art Therapy: A Proposed Natural Modality for Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Abstract for: An Examination of Eco-Art Therapy: A Proposed Natural Modality for Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

There exists room for improvement within the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Currently, there is good support that Eco-Art therapy is a viable complementary or alternative therapy treatment method for this condition. Eco-art therapy expands our client’s awareness beyond a focus on the individual or family, or a cultural or social perspective to include the larger ecological systems as a source of both suffering and healing (American Art Therapy Association [AATA], 2014) It gives the therapist and client greater awareness of the context within which they are interacting.

Another aspect of eco-art therapy is that Eco-art therapy is a form of positive psychology. It is a method full of optimism, gratitude, peace, meaning, and purpose. It marries art therapy and ecotherapy into a complex and emerging field (Pike, 2021). Although eco-art therapy is an under-researched and emerging area in the modern field of psychology there is a lot of promising support of its applications in the treatment of PTSD. Eco-art therapy can be described as combining concepts from ecopsychology with concepts of art therapy to create a unique modality that applies beyond the Eurocentric norms of many other modalities. Art therapy can help with  negative emotions, stress responses, restricted affect, depression, anxiety, as well as some somatic responses. Through the containment of the outdoors and increase socialization many of our modern ailments may be alleviated. Adding awareness beyond oneself to include the Earth as a whole creates a deeper understanding of healing and suffering that can empower and validate the client.

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April’s Featured Poem: Brave as I Can Be

Today a new monthly process will begin to help display Art Would and it’s communities poetry. Near the first of each month a new poem will be featured including a quote form the writer and photo if available. Please keep checking back for more poems or write Info@Artwould to submit your poem to be featured on our website.

As Spring begins to bloom so does love, this month is a poem about the rush of falling in a love.

“This poem I wrote learning to love again as I was beginning to feel the stir of something special with someone I have now been with for sometime, our love only grows deeper, I am blessed to have these feelings in my life”
(Rebecca Wood-Artist in residence).

Brave as I Can Be



As your lips touch mine

I feel like I can love again

As you wrap your arms around me

My breath settles


The stars in the sky sing to me

As I ponder what tomorrow will bring

The trees stand tall for me

Be as brave as I can be


As ashes fall

and what yesterday fades

I give in, I give in


A fire

a passionate romance

As our bodies sway


In this life we take a chance

Fall, fall

Does the ground give way?




By Rebecca Wood If interested in reproducing contact Artwould at  this work is owned by it’s creator but the artist can be contacted on your behalf for use approval.

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California Arts Council: Grant Opportunities

Arts and Accessibility Grant

See the California Arts Council. Grant for Disabled Artists in California for Career Expansion, Art Supplies, Gallery Space, etc. I encourage any of my qualifying friends to apply and everyone to share to help sustain arts in this underserved community.

Please see the links below or explore other grants options offered by this organization.

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GO Create Today! <3

Creating art seems like one of the best ways to stay healthy and keep your mind sharp. I have been using creativity since before I could remember and it has been a healer in is own primal right. Have you ever wonder why humans have been creating art for so long? Perhaps there is just something natural about it.  the call to action for today is go out and be creative! Make something anything!