• Creative Expressions, Art Therapy Blog

    10 lists to write when you’re feeling stuck

    Everyone has moments of feeling stuck. Stymied. Directionless.  It is not a great feeling –it can spiral into apathy, depression, anxiety, and despair. Guilt and shame are frequently associated with it, and it’s hard to get rid of those voices from your past that are telling you that you are doing something wrong.  You might be watching other people accomplishing things and wondering where your motivation went. Maybe you are wondering if you ever had any to start with. Maybe this is a feeling that is far-too familiar, or maybe it’s temporary. Maybe there are other times you might be the most driven person, with goals and checklists. Maybe you’re…

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    5 art projects to do when you’re anxious

    Anxiety can rear its ugly head at the worst moments.  Sometimes it is predictable – you have a presentation, or event that you are nervous about and your nerves grow, and grow. Sometimes anxiety manifests itself as a panic attack – which can be a sudden moment of heart-racing, tight-chested panic where you feel like you can’t breathe. The terrible thing about experiencing panic or anxiety, is that once you know what it feels like, it seems to come more frequently. When we experience anxiety, our bodies do a few things to protect us. We either go into flight, fight, or freeze mode. Our heart rates rise, we get tunnel-vision,…

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    4 art ideas to help you slow down and take notice

    As a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, one of the most frequent complaints I hear from my clients is that they feel stressed out and hectic. Parents come to my office after dropping their kids off at a class, between practices, or from play groups. They are busy making their homes enriched, wonderful places for their children to be. If their children don’t need them, their significant other does. I have teenagers come to my office feeling like they are under pressure, too – with schoolwork, conflict in their social groups, or the feeling of being pulled in too many directions. Even the little kids I see these days seem…

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    Are we really just going to talk about my mother?

    Welcome to the blog of Roya Dedeaux, Marriage and Family Therapist. You are reading one of the posts in my “Shrinking the Stigma” series – where I will answer questions people have about the logistics and process of therapy. Because of its confidential nature, we tend to shroud the therapy process in so much mystery! My blog attempts to dispel that mystery and make it easier for you to use it as the wonderful resource it can be. Check out the other blog posts at royadedeaux.com “Are we really just going to talk about my mother?” No. Yes. No. Maybe. Sometimes. Helpful? So we all know that therapy cliché, where the patient lies…

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    Registration for Connecting to Kids through Art Workshop

    Looking for more ways to increase communication, connection, creativity, and confidence in your children and students? The Connecting with Art workshop will provide materials and information about how to use art to do just that. One day, 4 sessions – sign up for one, two, three or all four sessions to get the full experience. Sunday, September 29th, 2013, Arcadia, CA Session 1: 10:00-11:30am Session 2: 12:00-1:30pm (break for lunch) Session 3: 2:30-4:00pm Session4: 4:30-6:00pm $25.00 per session until September 1st. When you have filled out the following registration form, you will know that it has gone through because the form will wipe clean. As I receive your registration AND…

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    Welcome to May – Mental Health Awareness Month!

    One of the biggest reasons people don’t seek out therapy is because there is such stigma surrounding it. Welcome to May – National Mental Health Awareness Month! I sometimes even find myself, a counselor who genuinely believes in the benefits of therapy, justifying my own personal counseling. I catch myself saying things like “yes, I have a therapist, it was a requirement for my program.” The subtext kind of insecurity obviously says “if they didn’t require it, I wouldn’t have gone to therapy, and if I don’t inform you that it was a requirement, you might think I’m a nut job.” I hate when I catch myself doing this, perpetuating…

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    Natural Learning Handout

    Last night I had the pleasure of speaking to about 50 parents about natural learning. We asked everyone to fill this worksheet out as a way to continue their inner dialogue and thought process about their priorities for their children. The idea is that — you have things you will want your children to learn, but you do not need school to be involved. Think creatively about other ways they may learn these things — and be open minded about the timeline of WHEN they might learn them. Hope you enjoy! Natural Learning Seminar presented by Pam Sorooshian & Roya Dedeaux for more information, upcoming talks and workshops, and services…

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    self-help exercise

    Here’s what I want you to do today.  Print this blog, or get a piece of paper and a pen. Set a timer for 15 minutes. For 15 minutes, write down every single little random funny bit about why you “heart” yourself, and every big deep emotional philosophical reason as well. No stopping. No editing. You can edit later. You don’t have to look at the clock, because your timer will go off when it’s time. Just write, in list form, like a grocery list, all the reasons why you like yourself. They can be your skills, your attitude, your physical appearance, your relationships, whatever you want. For 15 minutes, just…

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    breathing green

    It’s visualization time, everyone. Ignore the cars outside, the other browser screens, your text message buzz. Look at this picture for just a minute. I’ve actually been there, I took this photo. I’d like to share it with you as best as I can. Imagine, first, your feet. Springy on the soft, damp dirt. Sometimes small sticks break underneath your feet. Sometimes you sink in deeper. You watch for details. Tracks stay in this kind of wet earth. You can tell the history of this path just from looking. It makes you feel closer to the ground, closer to the green. And oh, that green. Sometimes it takes you by…

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    always learning

    I am a member of a wonderful online discussion group called Always Learning. It’s for radical unschoolers, and people who want to learn from radical unschoolers about how to improve their relationships with their children, spouses, and themselves. It is an in-depth analysis of thought process, language use, and how these translate to relationships, parenting and education. On this list, there is a lot of discussion about what unschooling is, both in broad, theoretical terms and in specific and concrete details. Lately there has been some discussion about choice, anxiety, how a parent’s “leftovers” can cloud their relationship with their child, and what to do about it. I lifted this,…

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