How Expressive Arts Can Help Us Heal Trauma

(Above) Ice Dye Mandala (2016): I created ice dye mandalas for my expressive art project for Biological Basis of Behavior. This semester I studied trauma and its effect on the brain. I really feel like the ice dye process lends itself well to trauma therapy and this process is very symbolic. First of all, ice is […]

These 7 Positive Childhood Experiences May Lead to Better Mental Health

I recently came across new study published by Dr. Christina Bethell of Johns Hopkins University regarding Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs).  You may have heard of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  Important trauma research beginning in the 1990’s identified 10 significant ACEs.  It is important to recognize that trauma can have many sources, and there are a […]

Trauma-Informed Care

This is a slideshow about considerations regarding trauma-informed care.  It is very important that mental heath providers operate from a trauma-informed lens, and this explains some of the reasons for that, as well as what trauma-informed actually means.  Click the slides to advance…click the square icon at the bottom of the slideshow to make the […]

My Heroine’s Journey

My Heroine’s Journey: The Feminine Monomyth and Transformation through Time Robyn Heydari Goddard College Spring 2018  This is the story of how I developed my art quilt, My Heroine’s Journey: The Feminine Monomyth and Transformation through Time.  This project was part of the culmination of my final work for my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health […]

Therapy for Women over 50

In my life, I have been blessed to have relationships with many women over 50.  I was raised primarily by my grandmother, a woman who embodied the definition of resilience and grace.  Beyond her immense influence, I have been honored to learn at the feet of several female mentors of distinguished accomplishment.  If not for […]

Threads of my Grandmothers

For my graduate course in Multi and Intermodal Expressive Arts in Fall of 2017, I was tasked with developing an expressive arts project that would demonstrate my understanding of expressive arts and the meaning of these multi, intermodal processes.  I had been wanting to do a piece honoring my grandmothers, and  I felt drawn to […]

Terry Fractal 17

Terry Fractal 17 (Fabric Collage on Linen, 30’’ x 37’’) 2017 I was deeply inspired by a lecture given by Terry Marks-Tarlow at Goddard College in the Winter of 2017.  Thoughts and ideas in my consciousness began to spiral out, making new connections and envisioning the world of therapy in a way I had never experienced […]

Erikson’s Room

I created this piece for my Human Lifespan Development course at Goddard College in the Spring of 2016.  It was my first semester in my graduate program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts.  As part of the program, students were required to complete their own Expressive Arts process and create and present art […]

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