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Expressive Arts for Healing

Did you know that Expressive Arts can bring healing and support to your mental health?

 

This is so exciting to me, and it makes sense. When we participate in creative activities, our overall life satisfaction is improved. Neuro Aesthetics is an intriguing field that demonstrates how art and aesthetics may influence our brains and emotions in positive ways. In other words, your brain has the potential to change for the better when exposed to creativity and nature. 

When we face challenges in life, it's common to feel overwhelmed or stuck. Most of the time, we don't know how to get help, or what to do next.  This is where Expressive Arts (such as creating and looking at art, reading a good book, listening to music, walking in nature, writing, and more) can help. It's a unique form of therapy, helping us communicate and process feelings that might be difficult to put into words.

These activities move us out of the sympathetic nervous system's fight or flight stress response, providing relief from the pressures of daily life. Our brains respond positively to these experiences, forming new healthy neural pathways!

 

As an artist and art educator myself, I deeply understand the profound impact that Expressive Arts can have on our emotional well-being and personal growth. It's my jam. Research keeps showing that Expressive Arts can help reduce stress and anxiety, boost self-esteem, and enhance our ability to cope with life's ups and downs. It is a safe haven, where we can freely express ourselves without judgment and find new perspectives within our struggles.

If this sounds interesting to you, we can incorporate Expressive Arts into your counseling process No matter what, I want to create a dynamic and transformative experience that nurtures your mental health and fosters lasting positive change. I am here to support and guide you every step of the way.

Leslie McReynolds standing by a Monet painting at the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, TX

Here I am at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX. Check out this Monet! Did you know going to an art museum can reduce your stress and help you feel less lonely? It's true.

Young adult listening to music with headphones

Engaging in the arts can improve your life satisfaction!

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