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Art Brings Color and Light To My Life

Thank you to Jennifer Rundberg for writing this blog post about art therapy! She’s the art therapist working at our partners The Center for Courageous Kids.

Art has always been a constant for me, and has been there to bring my life both color and light, as well as a feeling of empowerment and creativity. I have also seen how creating art brings others comfort, a means to communicate when words were not available, and a much needed stress-reliever to calm the soul.

 

My decision to leave my fulfilling creative marketing position was not an easy one, but one that I made from a leap of faith. I felt a need to be able to help others, and I knew from personal experience the value of the art-making process for me during especially hard times. I truly recognized the therapeutic process, and decided to go back to school to earn my Masters in Art Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

 

The Center for Courageous Kids

The Center for Courageous Kids hired me on in the summer of 2018 as their first Art Therapist. I was given the immensely gratifying opportunity to be able to work with groups of medically challenged children over the course of that summer camp season, as well as being invited back for the next summer of 2019. I have witnessed throughout the different art therapy sessions children experiencing a catharsis during the creative art process. Campers have opened up and spoken about their medical challenges, and I know that the therapeutic art interventions were a part of that much needed release. I have also seen these beautiful campers be real children—and have an ability to open up and express themselves in open, creative ways.

The Therapeutic Process

The therapeutic processes in art therapy have the ability to improve both cognitive and sensorimotor functions, help to foster persons with insight of both their self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, enhance social skills, and resolve conflict and distress. Art Therapy can assist PTSD with returning soldiers, as well as people with cognitive issues, depression and anxiety, behavioral difficulties, as well as many other mental health needs.

I want to thank you all for the chance to be a part of the children’s lives at CCK. The experiences that I have had with the children will be a part of me always.

 

Learn more about our partnership with The Center for Courageous Kids and the different activities they have here.

L. Samuel Gracida

L. Samuel Gracida

Samuel is Sam's Fans Operating Director and our primary blogger!

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