themes in healing
Promoting positive coping skills for handling anger, other difficult emotions and pain is an essential step in moving beyond trauma. Regulating these emotions can be achieved when it is discussed openly without judgment; art-making provides a gentle and safe avenue to express anger and other strong emotions. Creating art allows participants to give voice to their emotions and develop positive coping methods to release them in healthy ways.
“I think this workshop is extremely valuable in my recovery from domestic violence. It allows me to express my rage and anger in a safe way.” – Participant
“I’ve done this project before and it is interesting to see how I’ve grown from anger to light.” – Participant
“I don’t usually express my anger. The art helps me release it and step out of it, which is my greatest goal.” – Participant