3 Myths of Art Therapy: Busted
1. MYTH: Art therapy is only effective for children who are developmentally delayed.
FACT: While art therapy can be beneficial for all ages and developmental stages it has a much wider application, in fact, according to the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), patients use art therapy as a means to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem, and more.
2. MYTH: In order to participate in art therapy, a person must be skilled in drawing or painting.
FACT: A person does not have to be a trained, skilled, or practiced artist to benefit from taking art therapy classes. Art therapy is a creative way of looking at emotional disturbances and trauma and is meant to engage the imagination and problem-solving centers of the brain and is therefore beneficial to everyone and not just the practiced artist.
3. MYTH: The Art that is created in an Art Therapy class reveals the deep emotional secrets of the artist.
FACT: Art therapists are not mind readers or psychologists. While art can sometimes reveal certain aspects of the artist's psyche, it is not a tell-all. The artist remains the expert on his/ her/their own feelings and the creations that are made from those feelings are only readable and explainable by the artist.
Interested in Joining Acacia Wellness Center's Art Therapy Group? Give us a call at (208)-498-1760
Reiki is a spiritual healing art with origins in Japan. The word "reiki" comes from the Japanese word "Rei," which means universal life, and "Ki", which means energy. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things.
Reiki, as it is practiced in the U.S. today, dates back to the teachings of Mikao Usui in the early 1920's in Japan. Usui traveled widely in Japan during the last four years of his life, offering his spiritual teachings to more than two thousand beginning students, but trained only sixteen as Reiki masters.
According to Mari Alfaro, a reiki master, Reiki can help alleviate stress, promote restful sleep, healing, and relaxation. Relaxation alone can be beneficial for the mind, body, and soul. For instance, relaxation can help release painful muscle tension, relieve anxiety, and depression. Additionally, when a person is able to relax the body can heal itself.
When undergoing a reiki treatment the recipient is asked to lay down, fully clothed, on a table. Little or no pressure is applied to the body during a treatment. Reiki healing is so adaptable that it can be received in almost any setting, a chair, hospital bed, or even through casts and bandages. While recipient is still and focused, the reiki practitioner will place his/her hands above the recipient's head, neck, shoulders, chest, stomach, and limbs. Reiki practitioners usually follow a series of hand positions but can place their hands anywhere the recipient feels pain or discomfort.
The teachings say that the universal energy flows not from the practitioner but through the practitioner to the recipient. The recipient receives the amount of energy that is needed to bring the body and mind into balance.
Though reiki techniques appear simple, the effects can feel profound. Most people experience deep relaxation during a reiki session, though others feel slight tingling, pulsing, warmth, comfort, and some even fall asleep.
If you or someone you know is interested in receiving a free mini-reiki treatment, contact Acacia Wellness Center at (208)-498-1760.
Good “hygiene” is anything that helps you to have a healthy life. The idea behind sleep hygiene is the same as dental hygiene. Dental hygiene helps you stay healthy by keeping your teeth and gums clean and strong. Sleep hygiene helps you stay healthy by keeping your mind and body rested and strong. Following these tips will help you sleep better and feel your best.
Dental hygiene can even be a part of your sleep hygiene. It is easier for you to fall asleep at night if you have bedtime “rituals.” These are things that you do every night just before going to bed. Brushing and flossing your teeth is a good example of this kind of ritual. Both your dentist and your doctor will approve if you do this every night.
Here are some tips for how you can improve your sleep hygiene:
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a kind of group therapy intended for substance abusers and criminal offenders. It is a step-based approach to target and change common thinking errors that lead to relapse and reoffending. MRT is delivered in a group setting and includes workbooks and homework. It's designed to enhance self-image, promote growth of a positive, productive identity, and facilitate the development of higher stages of moral reasoning. All of these goals will help participants display more appropriate behavior in their homes, community, and relationships. Research has shown that people who graduate from an MRT program have significantly lower levels of re-arrest, relapse, and re-incarceration.
What does "Reconation" mean?
Prior to the common usage of the term "ego" in psychology in the 1930s, the term reconation was used to describe the conscious process of decision making and behavior. The term "moral Reconation" was chosen for MRT because the underlying goal of the program is to change conscious decision-making to higher levels of moral reasoning. This program typically requires participants to attend 12-16, 1.5 hour sessions to complete the program.
What does MRT do?
1. Confront underlying beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors
2. Assess current relationships and decide if they are healthy and supportive
3. Reinforce positive behaviors and habits
4. Identify and develop a positive personal identity and enhance current self-concept
5. Decrease pleasure seeking and self destructive behaviors and develop a higher level of frustration tolerance
6. Develop higher stages of moral reasoning (decision making)
Acacia Wellness Center begins its first round of MRT tonight, August 15, at 5:00 PM. To get on the schedule or the waiting list, please give us a call at (208) 498-1760.
Caring for a child with ADHD has its frustrations.
Here are some techniques that will help.
If you would like to learn more about ADHD symptoms and parenting techniques, please call Acacia Wellness Center to set up an appointment. 208-498-1760
According to the EMDR Institute, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR is a form of psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.
Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.
EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brains information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.
More than 30 positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR therapy. Some of the studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions.
For more information or to schedule an EMDR session, call Acacia Wellness Center at 208-498-1760
According to Dr. Deo Peppersack, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, there are many benefits to equine-assisted therapy. For more information, or to join our equine-assisted therapy group call Acacia Wellness Center at (208)-498-1760. Here are just a few of the many benefits. :