Doing simple but creative art can alleviate everyday pain and stress, said Dr. Jennifer Allen, professor of psychology and art therapy at OCCC.
She gave a presentation on art therapy April 7 to an audience of 30 college students in the college union where she explained what exactly art therapy is.
“Art therapy is the power of healing through art,” Allen said. “If you think about art therapy in a sense, in really simple form, it’s a form of therapy that utilizes the creative process of art-making to improve health and well being.”
Allen comes from a background of helping children, generally with Attention Deficit Disorder or other problems focusing. One activity for the children is to color on a circular pattern of shapes and figures known as a Mandela that was created by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, a student of world-famous psychologist Sigmund Freud.Read More