• Question: How do you treat someone with ptsd with art or do you not treat ptsd

    Asked by 376menb42 to Arts Therapy Team on 29 Jan 2019.
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      Arts Therapy Team answered on 29 Jan 2019:

      good questions! yes we do treat trauma. we tell people grounding techniques and the art can help calm, soothe, depict a safe place, but also when someone is ready their memories might be very visual and can be expressed in art. some art therapists suggest client use two pens at the same time (like EMDR – 2 sides of brain) but I have not tried that. there is a technique using cartoon strip type telling story for trauma .
      also visually you can change endings
      many people with mental health issues have had trauma / abuse of some sort
      you have to be wary of re traumatising client
      art can help people regain stronger sense of themselves