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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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.
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 passionate romance
As our bodies sway
In this life we take a chance
Does the ground give way?
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