My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Art Therapy Studio, Cleveland, OH, USA
I had had a severe , what we might call , mental breakdown/depressive episode, in 2012. Everything in me was on overdrive, and I lost my ability to concentrate, even read a book or a newspaper. Not able to sit still, but needing to do something more, I discovered the Art Therapy Studio on the computer.
I hadn't 'done' any art since grade school, more than 40 years go. I started with clay, then went onto water colors, then crayons, some pastel chalk, now back to watercolors. Sometimes I go large, sometimes small. Gradually, my ability to concentrate and to read a book, came back. I am still quite restless as I also have anxiety/depression and ADD struggles. Art Therapy helps to calm and focus that constant energy into something better.
My counselor says I have problems with emotional regulation (at age 56, uh huh!). I have found that Art Therapy Studio helps me to deal with those very intense emotions in a more positive way.
When my counselor was battling his own cancer, I was battling it too, through art therapy. The unspoken thing, that was REALLY HARD, and that has NO NAME, is the 'theoretical division between a counselor/therapist and his client. Supposedly, as his client, I was just supposed to forget about him and put up that 'fence of distance' between us, like he was supposed to do with me, while going through cancer treatment. (What a crock of nonsense!)
No way, could that possibly have happened, as we have been together for more than 8 years, and we are integral to one another. I helped him to fight his cancer, with my art, cartoons, and cards. He helps to keep me together with his counseling, wit, and enduring patience.
I like the freedom I have, to do what ever I can think of, and I have the gentle and ALWAYS encouraging guidance of the Art Therapists, to help get me through the intensity of what I am usually experiencing. My counselor has seen a really great improvement in me, and he has seen tremendous growth in me through my art. Mainly, he tells me to just keep doing it!
It is no small compliment to say that the Art Therapy Studio has HEALED TWO PEOPLE, NOT JUST ONE, in ways that can't always be expressed. For that particular kind of healing, he and I will be forever, grateful and forever blessed!
Ironically, he and I both started your time together at Metro Health, right where the Art Therapy Studio.org got it's start. Seems fitting, doesn't it?