Art Therapy and Trauma

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

In offering therapy to individuals who have experienced trauma, art therapy offers an effective way for clients to explore complex and overwhelming emotions.  Through using simple materials like coloring sheets, small 3D sculpture and drawing after guided meditation, clients can find new ways to safely exploring difficult experiences and find ways to test out feeling grounded again.

Clients who have experienced trauma often express that they can find a way to internally regulate their emotions and sensations.  Art therapy is a creative based therapy modality that acts on the belief that externalizing the internal process is inherently therapeutic.  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, other times offering an opportunity to see an experience in a completely new way.  The art process usually includes verbal therapy as participant's address their life experience and find, through creatively expressing how they may feel stuck, a new road forward.

The latest neuroscience research suggests that art therapy is effective for clients who have experienced trauma because it helps develop new neuropathways in the brain allowing clients to integrate their experience in a safe way.  Through a variety of directives (art exercises) suggested by the therapist, or through self directed exploration of the materials by the client, a new visual narrative is created, and the client gets a deeper sense of how they got where they are.  As the therapist stores the artwork over time, an art review can offer a powerful way for the client to see the changes in their experience.

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

Cascadia Training is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Cascadia is also approved by the Washington State Office of Public Instruction as a "Washington State approved clock hour offering workshop."

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:

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