I am very grateful to My Sister’s Place, in selecting me to join the Art therapy program at MSP. Ms. Sharelle, thank you for helping me heal though art therapy. I am so blessed! - *Mary, MSP Client
Creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being, either creating or viewing others' art is used to help people explore emotions, develop self-awareness, cope with stress, boost self-esteem, and work on social skills. My experience in art therapy is a very positive one. I am a dedicated advocate, always willing to hold another survivor’s hand to help each other unlock the trauma and the pain that we have endured. Ms. Sharelle, MSP's Art Therapist, has helped me to express how my boundaries were being violated through the art I create. I was able to draw how my boundaries are too loose and how I tend to put everyone first, before my needs. Many roadblocks to setting those boundaries were identified, my culture and customs also hindered me from creating healthy boundaries. The feeling of guilt, having people think of you as selfish, or being afraid to lose loved ones.
I've learned how to create and set boundaries, let go of guilt, how to say no and let others do for themselves. Part of my healing is to become an advocate and speak up for my fellow survivors. I have been able to testify twice to address the needs of survivors in DC.
*This survivors name has been changed to protect their privacy.
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