In this video I will be modeling a simple expressive art process used for relaxation, grounding, and self expression. Expressive Art is the use of multiple art modalities used in conjunction with one another, done in a supportive and nurturing environment.
In this process I use mindfulness, visual art, and writing. This process was taught to me in my expressive art training at Expressive Art Florida Institute in Sarasota Florida and is called In the Moment.
In order to follow along with this grounding exercise all you will need is a piece of paper and some colorful crayons, pastels, or colored pencils... whichever you have on hand. As you will see, the exercise takes less than 10 minutes, requires little art supplies, and no special art talent!
I invite you to create along with me or use this video as a tool to engage your creativity and support your mental health.
-Cara Bryden, LCSW-R
About Cara: Saratoga Center for the Family Clinical Therapist Cara Bryden, LCSW-R has worked extensively with children and adult survicors of trauma providing group, individual and family therapy.
Cara obtained her Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a concentration in Human Services and Women's Studies from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She then went on to obtain her Master's degree from the State University at Albany's Social Welfare Program.
Cara enjoys incorporating expressive art modalities of movement, sound, visual imagery, writing, and mindfulness. She believes that everyone has a creative place inside themselves, and that finding and exploring this place can be fun and deeply healing at the same time.