Jenna Walker, Founding Member of The Artistic Circle
The Artistic Circle is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to promoting the healing and therapeutic properties of art. Our founding member, Jenna Walker, who has a mild form of Marfan’s Syndrome, founded out firsthand the benefits using Art as a therapy, in dealing with her illness. In helping to spread this message The Artistic Circle, fully endorses all forms of art therapy, which we believe to be a vital tool in combating both mental and physical debilitations which can be very difficult to manage alone.
Benefits of Art Therapy:
Art therapy has a very low entrance barrier, and virtually anyone can do it.
Art therapy allows you to express yourself through art and realize things about yourself that otherwise would go unnoticed.
Art therapy can be used to treat a variety of ailments both mental and physical in nature.
For example: Art therapy has been used by cancer patients to reduce the symptoms caused by anxiety and depression; by helping to reduce stress, improve self-esteem, and in some cases has helped patents manage pain more effectively, all leading to an overall quality of life.
More recently, art therapy has helped soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders, or (PTSD). “Art therapy, can engage the creative potential of individuals especially those suffering from PTSD. Art therapy, is considered a mind body intervention that can influence physiological, and psychological symptoms. The experience of expressing oneself creatively can reawaken positive emotions and address symptoms of emotional numbing in individuals with PTSD” ,(Professor in department of Creative Arts and Therapy, Josee Leelere).
In addition, art therapy, has proven itself an invaluable tool in helping children deal with mental disorders brought on by grief issues such as, the death of a parent or sibling, it has also proven effective with helping children navigate through and communicate about, issues stemming from physical and sexual abuse.
There are literately dozens of examples of how art therapy has helped thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people, throughout the world.
Here is a brief list of some of the many things Art therapy has been used to treat:
Alzheimer and Dementia
Death of Someone
Physical and Mental Abuse