BLUE CIRCLE ART THERAPY
you ask - I try to answer
WHAT IS ART THERAPY?
"Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.
Art Therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art Therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change." -American Art Therapy Association
DO I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO DRAW?
Absolutely NOT. You actually don't need any art experience at all. In addition, learning something new can be therapeutic.
HOW LONG ARE THERAPY SESSIONS?
I offer 60 minute or 90 minute sessions for Individuals & Families. Group Sessions vary, but typically are 2 hrs in length.
DO YOU OFFER SLIDING SCALE RATES?
Currently I reserve a few reduced rate slots through Open Path Collective. In the future, through the sales of my artwork, I hope to provide more pro bono and/or reduced fee Art Therapy Services as well.
I HAVE EXTRA T1 SUPPLIES, CAN I DONATE THEM TO BLUE CIRCLE ART THERAPY?
Yes. And I will pass them along to someone in need.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BLUE CIRCLE?
A "Blue Circle" is the worldwide symbol for Type 1 diabetes. November is Diabetes awareness month, and November 14th is “World Diabetes Day. Many causes and conditions have a colored ribbon to symbolize the cause. In the diabetes community, we have done something very different—a blue circle.
Until 2006, there was no global symbol for diabetes. The purpose of the symbol is to give diabetes a common identity. It aims to:
Support all existing efforts to raise awareness about diabetes
Inspire new activities, bring diabetes to the attention of the general public
Provide a means to show support for the fight against diabetes
Why a circle?
The circle occurs frequently in nature and has thus been widely employed since the dawn of humankind. The significance is overwhelmingly positive. Across cultures, the circle can symbolize life and health. Most significantly for the campaign, the circle symbolizes unity. Our combined strength is the key element that made this campaign so special. The global diabetes community came together to support a United Nations Resolution on diabetes and needs to remain united to make a difference. As we all know, to do nothing is no longer an option.
The blue border of the circle reflects the color of the sky and the flag of the United Nations. The United Nations itself is a symbol of unity amongst nations, and is the only organization that can encourage governments everywhere to fight diabetes and reverse the global trends that will impede economic development and cause so much suffering and premature death.
Keegan Hall, the President of the Young Leaders in Diabetes Program