One of the many pathways to wellness offered at Birchtree is Art Therapy, but for people who haven’t seen art therapy in action, the concepts can be confusing.

Below is a Ted Talk by US Art Therapist, Cathy Malchiodi, who has been leading the way in her research on  art therapy/trauma and neurobiology.

This a great introductory 20 minute talk where she discusses what art therapy  is and is not, and the significance of the use of the expressive therapies in the treatment of trauma symptoms and processing and integration through art for both adults and children.

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPAT, LPCC, ATR-BC, is a leading international expert, syndicated writer, and educator in the fields of art therapy and art in healthcare. She is a research psychologist, a Board Certified and Licensed Professional Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and has had over 25 years of experience and education in trauma intervention and disaster relief and integrative approaches to health. Cathy is the founder, director and lead faculty member of the Trauma-Informed Practices Institute, dedicated to teaching trauma-informed intervention that integrates neurodevelopment, somatic approaches, mindfulness, and positive psychology. In particular, it supports the use of creative arts therapies including art therapy, music therapy and movement therapy, play therapy, integrative expressive arts therapies, and mind-body approaches for recovery and wellness in children, adults and families. Cathy is also the President of Art Therapy Without Borders and is one of its founders.