Finding Your Voice through Creativity: The Art and Journaling Workbook

Author: Mindy Jacobson-Levy & Maureen Foy-Tornay

Date Of Publication: 03/10/2010

Written by two certified art psychotherapists who have specialised in supporting people with eating disorders, Finding Your Voice through Creativity offers a self-help resource that may be helpful for people suffering from any form of disordered eating (diagnosed or not).

One of the book’s strengths is the wide variety of topics related to aspects of recovery that are designed to enhance the reader’s personal insight whilst also looking at different ways of communicating with family and friends. Each creativity task is followed by a journal entry, which poses questions about the artwork you have created, giving a private space to offload and explore your private thoughts and feelings.

These activities can be used as a distraction activity to take the mind away from disordered eating behaviors or negative thoughts. The authors encourage you to take control of how you work through these exercises, either setting aside time, or taking it with you to work on in any spare time that becomes available.

The authors encourage the user to work directly on the pages of the book, reinforcing one of the key messages of the book:

Take a chance on the understanding that you can’t “mess up.” Whatever you draw or write is absolutely acceptable and “good enough.” This might feel out of character and drive the perfectionist side of you a bit crazy, but self-discovery is about taking risks!

You needn’t be a keen artist to find this book helpful, nor will you require a large range of art materials – most of the materials suggested will be easy to find round the house or in local stationary shops. Self-help is not for everyone, however this resource can be a useful tool in starting to understand and listen to your inner voice through a different form of expression.

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