Art Based Support Groups

What are Art Therapy Support Groups and will they help me?

Therapy Groups allow clients to create sacred spaces as they work together and support one another. The group environment is a place where everyone learns to equally share and listen, provide and find safety, security, and validation, while building and supporting one another’s coping skills. Groups also provide time away from the distractions of life allowing clients the freedom to share vulnerable aspects of their lives. Groups are a place to nourish and be nourished, to grow and watch others grow. Support groups are a time-tested method of help for people struggling with all sorts of difficulties.

Beauty for Ashes Counseling, LLC., incorporates traditional talk therapy with creative therapy allowing for a more right-brained – non-logical – creative approach to many different difficulties we face in life.

But I’m not an artist! You do not have to be an artist to participate or benefit from art-based support groups. Groups at Beauty for Ashes Counseling, LLC., are not art classes. Though we do give art instruction and guidance to our participants, art therapy is not about the final product – but the process of artmaking. We utilize art in a way that incorporates the brain’s natural creative flow to gain symptom reduction, insight, validation and growth.

Good Grief – An Art-Based Grief Support Group

This group meets Saturdays: June 3, 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22, 29 from 10am-12pm. *This is a closed group.

There are no words that can be uttered within a group setting that can make grief disappear. That’s where art comes in and meets the need for giving voice to what cannot be spoken. The goals of this group are to provide the participant with:

Validation: Grief is experienced in so many ways — physical, emotional, and spiritual. One needs a place to recognize that these reactions are part of the journey of grief. Being with other grieving people can reaffirm that one is not going crazy. While every loss is unique, through support groups one can bask in the support of others who have experienced loss and understand.

Time away: For many people, a support group can be a break from the loneliness and the boredom that often come with grief.

Suggestions for coping: There is no single solution to dealing with loss but members of a support group can offer a range of alternatives. By listening to stories of how others cope with a particular problem, one can find the solution that might work best.

Support groups offer two other gifts: they provide hope by providing models that reaffirm that one can survive loss; and participating in a support group can also help the griever can find new empathy, new understandings, and renewed strengths.

Only 12 spots available for 7 week sessions – $45/session. Must commit to all 7 sessions.

Please call (864) 501-3633 to register for this group.

*A closed group is a group that doesn’t welcome new members after the first meeting. This helps to create lasting bonds, safety and confidentiality in the group.

Chronically Creative – Art Therapy Group for those who endure Chronic Illness

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Chronically Creative is a faith-based Chronic illness support group utilizing an art therapy approach.

Do you have a chronic illness you are having trouble managing? Do others not understand when you say you are not feeling well – “but you look fine!”? Do you have trouble balancing the “I’m fines” with the truth that you are not fine? Does it make you depressed? Anxious?

Want to learn a different way to cope?

Join Jamie Manko, Saturdays: June 3, 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22, 29 from 1pm-3pm.

Suffering from chronic pain can be hard to explain to people. Hearing things like; you don’t look sick, you look fine, it can’t be that bad take their toll on a person’s emotions. Support and understanding can be found within a group setting while learning to express yourself.

The goals of the group are to provide the participant:

Validation: Chronic pain is best understood by someone who has experienced it. By being around others who are currently or have experienced chronic pain or illness can help an individual realize that they are not alone. Learning how to communicate with people who do not experience chronic pain or illness can empower a client to express their needs.

Suggestions: Groups allow individuals to work together to share ideas. With a chronic pain/illness group individuals can share how they deal with comments like “you don’t look sick” or “it can’t be that bad.” Sharing stories opens doors for others to find ways to help others understand the mental and physical toll chronic pain takes on them daily. A new outlook can lead to better understanding and better overall feeling.. to meet others with similar experiences who can join you on this creative journey to learn new coping strategies, insights to your illness and others. See how you can address your depression and anxiety head on as well as serve others in the midst of your pain.

Only 12 spots available for 7 week sessions – $45/session. Must commit to all 7 sessions.

Call our office at (864) 501-3633 to resister for this group.