Friday is Creative Deed Day!

This week I posted on Creative Deed the two photos of a bunch of art cards in process, some almost done and some barely started. I also discovered the fun of cutting out word blurbs from comic books to use as the “words” element I use on every card. I also had fun in a play group with a little boy who wanted to make his own cards! He and his parents each chose one. I left another one for my waiter at Bubby’s last weekend…

  

  

  

  

  

                     

New Affirmations Page on This Blog!

Blogs can have pages. The “About Me” at the top is often a page. I have three pages now including the latest one I just posted, called Affirmations. The benefit of a page is that it stays on your blog as a link at the top and can be easily located. Also, pages are usually for reference about some topic to do with the blog that is useful at any time, such as affirmations.

Next page coming soon will be: art therapy directives and projects for different populations…

Let’s Travel, and Castle on a Cloud



I am working on a large coloring mural, which is marvelous and full of wonders, a world map with an elephant, a whale, a unicorn, and also at the top on one of the clouds, a little castle on a cloud…

I recently heard this song, “Castle on a Cloud”, for the first time performed by children at a show; then I watched the movie version of “Les Miserables” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1707386/), made in 2012, mostly because I wanted to see and hear the song in the movie! As I expected,, much of the movie was miserable, however, the moment when the child playing Cosette sings the song, Castle on a Cloud, was so beautiful, an enchanted gem in a muddy too long movie. The lyrics are also beautiful and they capture what children (and deep down, probably adults too), want most of all: love, affection, a home, nothing sad to cry about, no yelling, gentleness. Here are the lyrics and an image of Rebecca Rebouche’s coloring mural. Her very large mural is entitled “Let’s Travel”; I was given one and went to the store and bought three more as it is so enchanting and perfect for art therapy. I highly recommend it for all ages, individual and group, and even family art therapy:

Here is the link to the image on Anthropologie’s website:
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/shopgifts-under-fifty/33736455.jsp#/

Here are the lyrics to the song:

“Castle On A Cloud”
(performed by Isabelle Allen)

There is a castle on a cloud,
I like to go there in my sleep,
Aren’t any floors for me to sweep,
Not in my castle on a cloud.

There is a room that’s full of toys.
There are a hundred boys and girls.
Nobody shouts or talks too loud,
Not in my castle on a cloud.

There is a lady all in white,
Holds me and sings a lullaby,
She’s nice to see and she’s soft to touch,
She says, “Cosette, I love you very much.”

I know a place where no one’s lost,
I know a place where no one cries,
Crying at all is not allowed,
Not in my castle on a cloud.



Friday is Creative Deed Day!

So it’s officially Saturday in NYC; anyway, here are some photos of new free art cards given to strangers and friends. Most memorable was a doctor’s appointment Thursday, when I surprised my doctor with one! That was fun. And the one with the tiny arm on it was really fun.





An App for Therapy? First Ever, and I am on It: Everbliss

There’s an app for that… How many times have you heard peoples say it.

An app for therapy and counseling? I actually thought of it and wondered about it before this new first ever Therapy App contacted me. Of course I wanted to be on it. I love finding the new trends in psychotherapy and evaluating them and getting on board right away because I really believe that therapy can be done through many means on the internet, especially Skype and VideoCalls as well as phone. To have an app on your phone and quickly schedule a convenient session — Brilliant.

It’s called Everbliss and it’s easy to use. To find out more about the therapists, I recommend looking them up and finding other profiles and seeing the therapist’s website and/or blog.

So I’m excited to be part of this new app and excited to try it out with new people. Change can be hard at times, but this is one new change of 2015 I am totally embracing!

I will write more about what it’s like to be on the app, without talking about anything confidential of course, just from the therapist’s point of view.

For therapists, it’s easy to put down your availability. And you can just say you are on right now if you are suddenly available. It’s great for when you get last minute cancellations and have some time to work on your schedule.

Also, this app allows for both short term quick therapy and long term relationships. For people who travel a lot this will be great. For now it’s only in NY state and California. Have a free conference room during a break at your job? You can have a session easily without having to wait until you’re home. Don’t like commuting to therapy? this app is for you too…

We will see what the future holds, and where this leads. I think it’s a great idea and will be a fascinating experiment in terms of using the internet and apps for relationships like the therapeutic relationship…

Finally! Psychology Today Changes Its Position On Conversion Therapy Ads

This is not my writing. I am quoting this email I received:

Psychology Today Changes Its Position On Conversion Therapy Ads

Posted: 03/04/2015

Therapists who offer the gay “cure” will no longer be allowed to advertise their services in the directory pages of Psychology Today, a magazine and website that includes profiles of tens of thousands of mental health professionals.
The news, announced Wednesday, is something of a turnaround for the company. On Tuesday, Charles Frank, who runs the organization’s directory of therapists, informed The Huffington Post that “We take care not to sit in judgement of others by allowing or denying individual participation” in the directory. While Psychology Today was not a “fan” of conversion therapy, Frank said, “the Therapy Directory cannot pick winners.”
The Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group, first pressed Psychology Today in February to remove all advertisements that purported to help gay people become straight through counseling, a practice that is roundly condemned by the mainstream mental health community. “By offering a venue for these medically-debunked practices, Psychology Today is lending them a veneer of credibility — propping up a fraudulent industry that takes advantage of vulnerable individuals, including children and families,” HRC spokesman Fred Sainz wrote in a letter to the CEO and publisher of Psychology Today.
Until Tuesday, the Human Rights Campaign’s letter and subsequent phone calls had gone unanswered. But on Tuesday morning, HuffPost published a story on the saga. Less than four hours later, Frank announced the new company policy in a statement on the website: “The Therapy Directory has removed the individual whose profile included a discussion of conversion therapy. We have informed all Directory professionals that those whose profiles offer conversion therapy will be delisted.”
Frank has since removed five profiles that mentioned “reparative therapy,” another name for conversion therapy, from the directory’s nearly 80,000 profiles. “It took me a while to track them all down,” he told HuffPost in an email.

Jack Drescher, MD
Past President
Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry

Friday is Creative Deed Day!

A week of making free art to give away to strangers, people I come across and family and friends. Last night I gave one to a sales person and three to a friend and his family. All week I put pieces in various public places…

The photos posted here are unusual as I strayed from how I had been making the art. I took one of my current long drawing projects and cut the bottom off and cut little squares from it, then added words and a little extra to fill the white space. Still going with the concept of recycling art, but this is the first time I’ve recycled new art from a series in progress. I will post the piece, how it looked after the surgery!



Photos from the week since last Friday’s post:





Introducing: Creative Deed 365

Natasha Shapiro, ATR-BC, LCAT:

Here it is, the description of Creative Deed 365, which I am participating in, but have not been counting how many little pieces made and gifted. I want them to be like leaves falling off a tree, just spreading love through anonymous free art to strangers and spontaneous gifts to friends and family. big thank you to Gretchen Miller for inspiring us all to be better people and more giving as artists! It really has had a huge impact on me already…

Originally posted on creativity in motion:

Happy New Year!

I am excited to introduce my new 365 Project for 2015… Creative Deed 365!

Since 2013, I’ve completed two 365 projects with 730 pieces of daily art as part of my own creative daily practice. This year I am making small pieces of art (3 x 2.5) to randomly gift to others as acts of kindness and to spread creative goodness to others in the spirit of 6 Degrees of Creativity’s 2014 Creative Deed Project.  I want to dedicate 2015 to sharing this process with others and give all the art away with year long positive messages of hope, inspiration, and possibility.

Creative Deed 365 | Creativity in MotionI invite you to participate and become a part of this new creative adventure with me:

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