Regular Posts Tagged ‘art therapy’
Sound escape: On the use of sound editing software for therapeutically oriented art making process
16th Mar 2015Posted in: Blog, Uncategorized 0

[soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]   Rationale      Art therapists are looking for therapeutic dimensions inherent to creative process. We want to know if certain techniques or mediums can contribute positively to therapeutic outcomes and whether any observable outcomes could be cross culturally valid or individually specific. Beyond that, we often wonder how […]

On Art Therapy or Art Education? What About Just Plain Old Art?
11th Mar 2014Posted in: Blog, Uncategorized 0

The exhibition “Parle-moi d’amour” opened on Valentine’s day, 2014. What follows is a review of that show and an analysis of the wonderful experience of being immersed in it. Particular emphasis will be placed on the work of art therapist Pascale Godbout. Her piece entitled “Nous”  is reviewed as a metaphorical representation of the complex […]

On the Lateralization of Emotion and Inter-Hemispheric Communication
1st Oct 2012Posted in: Blog 2

Recently, i was watching the World War II colour documentary series by Time. Having long been fascinated with pictures and stories from that period of our history, I have ploughed through dozens of documentaries about Hitler in utter amazement. The period interests me because fascism had never been seen on the scale the Nazis brought […]

On Freud, Buddhism and
25th Jun 2012Posted in: Blog 0

Psychodynamics, Buddhism, Religion, Medicine and Art have a lot in common. They all suggest that there are positive and negative forces at play in a human being . These five things suggest that positive energies can get stuck or blocked at certain stages and remain stagnant or even malignant in nature. In all cases, the […]

On Group Behavioural Synergy and PS3 Data on Cognition
21st Jun 2012Posted in: Blog 0

In some first person shooters such as Socom 4, there is a phenomenon of group behvioural synergy experienced during gameplay.  When people are playing a game together, even remotely, in different countries, across different cultural parameters, there is a naturally occurring group-action phenomenon in effect. People are acting together towards a common goal and their […]

On Art Therapy and Museums : a brief history
29th Apr 2012Posted in: Blog 0

  Art used to belong to the people. It was made in caves out of compulsion and impulse based in a need to relay a narrative. Art`s creations continue to be things of beauty, testimonials of human experience and the embodiment of our very humanity itself. It soon became apparent that the value of Art`s […]

On Therapeutic Effects in Art Therapy
29th Dec 2011Posted in: Blog 1

    Back in the beginning, when i was doing my internship at a children’s hospital in Montreal, the supervising psychiatrist invited me and my wife to his home for dinner. My internship under him had been somewhat tumultuous over a period of about 8 months because i felt insecure about my competence and particularly […]

On The Preservation of the Therapeutic Container
27th Nov 2011Posted in: Blog 0

  In any form of psychotherapy whether it be humanistic, cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic there is some high degree of importance placed on the establishment and maintenance of a therapeutic container or frame. The notion of a therapeutic container is taken in part from Winnicott who stressed the importance of the initial holding environment in the […]

On Individual Differences of Cognitive Styles: Thought Vs. Feeling
13th Oct 2011Posted in: Blog 1

Anyone can pretty easily see that they are different from the person next to them. Look around and notice how the shape of your face is different from anyone else’s. Your eyes are also, unless you have an identical twin. The humanist in me respects those differences but chooses to focus on what makes us […]

On Teaching and LearningI
12th Jul 2011Posted in: Blog 0

For a number of years i have been paying attention to a special kind of relationship. As you may know, relationships in general are a focal point of my attention as an art therapist. This particular interaction occurs between a teacher and a student. I have been intimately sensing in myself and in others what […]

Art Therapy, Neurology, PTST, OCD
6th Jul 2011Posted in: Blog 0

De kooning said that the goal of the painting is to make the invisible visible. Art therapy makes implicit memory explicit. There is a really interesting triangulation of data to be observed between the fields of art, psychotherapy and neurology. Painters study the brain from experience. They are accessing neurological information through the constant interplay […]

The narrative of neurology
28th Jun 2011Posted in: Blog 0

As i read more in the area of neurology i sense something starting to happen. It is as though the very dry and taxinomical content of neurological text has some relationship to the bible or to some other great human narrative. It is as though the power of narrative is so strong in a human […]

Counter-Productive Effects of Multitasking: Running vs. Learning
16th May 2011Posted in: Blog 1

I discovered today, much against my expectations that it can be difficult to run on the tread mill while concentrating on an audio book. This experiential data runs contrary to what i would expect because as a painter, i am often painting while also being intensely focused on things like documentaries or audiobooks. I have […]

16th Apr 2011Posted in: Blog 0

A very good, and fair documentary about the failure of the war on drugs and the correctional system. Planned futility is how i describe the basis of our economic functioning because as one speaker in the documentary points out, you need unemployment in a capitalist economy. Without unemployment, there is no way to keep wages […]

Neurological Substrates of Painting, Seeing, Touching and Talking in the Inferior Parietal Lobule
4th Apr 2011Posted in: Blog 0

Hi folks guess you can tell I am in another creative phase. I have been making art enough for a few more weeks of tomartist updates. Not sure if you remember but a while back I was asking myself some questions about neurology and the painting process. I was curious to try and understand why […]

Painting Process
21st Mar 2011Posted in: Blog 0

Some painters reveal the process of their work on the actual surface of the canvas. Someone like Pollock  is  a good example, Robert Motherwell is another. Picasso and Chagall and all the abstract expressionists also fall into the category of painters for whom the process is evidenced by the work. Then there are others like […]

Hovering Awareness, consciousness, Freud, Painting
21st Mar 2011Posted in: Blog 0

Freud referred to a certain power of observation as ”hovering awareness”. It is a kind of self outside the main self which is somewhat more objective, more able to step back and take some distance and perspective on what the rest of the self is doing. In CBT, this behaviour is called self monitoring towards an […]

Art Therapy, Painting, Process
13th Mar 2011Posted in: Blog 0

The first person view is of particular usefulness in the acount of how art therapy works. The race is on right now to put the huge body of knowledge which art therapy relies on, into scientific language. However, we must remember that experience and observation do have scientific value, if not validity. We must not […]

Revolution and Art Therapy
21st Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 0

With each coming revolution, each hike in oil prices, each dissolved illusion of the mortgage crisis, each budding conflict, the voice of art therapy grows stronger.

Top books
14th Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 0

This is where you can find my favourite art therapy related books. This post is going to be updated regularly as i collect new books to put in it. Dr.David Burns Feeling Good Boris Cyrulnik Parler d’Amour au Bord du Gouffre. Baron-Cohen, 2009 Art Therapy and Clinical Neuroscience

Art Therapy and Spirituality
6th Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 0

What if spirituality as we know it, does not exist on the plane of scientific fields of enquiry? What if looking into spirituality with a scientific gaze is like trying to read Greek, knowing only Latin.  I think a lot of people are starting to agree that spirituality is socially constructed. That does not make […]

positive psychology and Art therapy
6th Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 0

It dawned on me like a slap in the face which somehow makes you feel great.  Psycholgy over emphasizes, over focuses on the negative experiences of human beings as a whole. The areas of research which get the funding are those that focus on solving problems. This trend is echoed in the pinacle of this […]

Music and the brain
5th Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 0

A lot of the interest in the neurology of music seems to focus on a special kind of physical experience which people have in relation to music. That experience consists of what some call: “chills” which arrive as the consequence of listening to music which one finds very moving. I have personally experienced those “chills” […]

Freudian Dream Analysis
28th Jan 2011Posted in: Blog 0

I read a primer of Freudian psychology when i was about 15 or  so. It is what got me interested in the area of psychology. In particular, Freudian defenses struck me as particularly refined and accurate in their ability to describe our strange behaviours. Freud’s dream analyses were also quite interesting to me because he […]

Symptoms of Psychiatric Illness vs. Characteristics of the Painting Process
24th Jan 2011Posted in: Blog 0

It occurred to me, upon reviewing the diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia that most, if not all of the symptoms are various forms of experience which a painter can encounter while painting. Perhaps this observation could be generalized to all artists engaged in the creative process accross all modalities whether in drama, music or visual art. Delusions, hallucinations, […]

top documentaries
11th Jan 2011Posted in: Blog 0

The Emasculating Truth Global consciousness is really buzzing right now. It is stimulated by the internet like an individual in the midst of an enormous thought. This documentary is an indication of what i have just said. It is a remise en question of the nature of masculinity. Human consciousness is waking up. There […]

Valuation of Art vs. Science
26th Dec 2010Posted in: Blog 0

I am tired world. Tired of having to fight to prove that art exists, that it has meaning, that it should receive its due. Tired of having to yell above the voices of more important people. Tired of feeling insignificant and marginal because i chose to spend hours on end staring at a blank canvas […]

Anxiety and therapist interactions
11th Dec 2010Posted in: Blog 0

When the question of the Anxious client is “what happens if i get an anxiety attack?” the response of the therapist must literally or symbolically and invariably be “what happens if you don’t?”.