Art Therapy for Grief and Loss

Presented and developed by Rebecca Bloom, ATR-BC, LMHC

“Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life.”
Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

We see examples all around us of how the expressive arts allow people to process grief and loss. Art therapy offers many effective ways for clients to explore complex and overwhelming emotions that come with the loss of a loved one.  Through using simple materials like coloring sheets, colored tissue paper and mask making, clients can find new ways to safely exploring difficult experiences and find ways to test out feeling grounded again.

Clients who have experienced loss often express that they feel their grief has lasted longer than our culture allows.  Using creative based therapy modality clients feel permission to touch into the grief in a way that offers healing and closure.  The process of "making something with your hands" offers clients the opportunity to see their issues in a new way, sometimes giving a sense of distance and release.  The art process usually includes verbal therapy as participants address their life experience and find, through creatively expressing how they may feel stuck, a new road forward.

Through case examples, theoretical explorations and art making this workshop will give participants an overall sense of how art therapy works and when it is a good fit for client.

Workshop objectives:

  • Learn when to use art interventions
  • Learn why the creative process soothes the body and the mind
  • Find materials you'll be comfortable using with your clients
  • Use art making for your own self-care.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

Rebecca Bloom, ATR-BC, LMHC

Rebecca Bloom, ATR-BC, LMHC received her training in clinical art therapy at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, graduating with a Masters Degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development.  She is a Board Certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Over the past fifteen years, Rebecca has provided counseling, training and consulting services in the areas of youth and family services as well as adults struggling with addiction and mental health issues.  She has worked in diverse racial, cultural and socioeconomic settings and strives to bring cultural competence into her work. 

Ms Bloom taught in the Art Therapy Program at Antioch University in Seattle for eight years and is currently studying with Pat Ogen's Sensorimotor Psycholtherapy Institute.  

Information about Rebecca's practice is available at:

Upcoming Dates and Registration

Date: Friday, March 29th, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Cost: $159.00 USD

Campus: Nile Event Center, Nile Golf Course, Mount Lake Terrace, WA
Room:     Gold Room
Map:       Directions to our campus location.
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