Finding the Fire – Art as Therapy Clinic

artwork, mixed media


“Finding the Fire Art as Therapy Clinic” gives hope, meaning and tools for those who are or think they may be struggling with PTSD, CPTSD, compassion fatigue, loneliness and social isolation. This one art clinic addresses each of these difficulties by working with the brain and its natural ability to heal from trauma. A clinical diagnosis is not necessary to participate in this clinic. Each of these heartbreaking experiences affect not only those struggling with to heal but friends and family members closest to them. Families can undergo drastic changes when a traumatic situation has occurred. Each person in a relationship with someone dealing with the aftermath of trauma will be subject to difficult emotional, personal and mental changes.  Finding the Fire is the signature Art as Therapy Clinic that opens the door to healing past trauma and present difficulties. The multi-step process uses simple, straightforward expressive art practices that allow the brain to stop the fight, flight and freeze scenario. The participant is not instructed to “draw”, engage in talk therapy, create from a place of void or stare at a blank canvas wondering what to do. An environment of safety and support is created as the participant is encouraged to quietly follow simple directives working along side the instructor.

Creation process

The process is completely instructor lead allowing the attendee to gently move from one process to another. Basic skills for this clinic are the ability to use scissors, hold a pencil and small paint brush and use tracing paper to trace. A very short introduction of how the brain processes trauma and why this program offers on going healing is given at the beginning of the clinic. Family members of those suffering from the effects of trauma are encouraged to participate in a separate the Finding the Fire Art as Therapy Clinic. If the family member experiencing a trauma response is not interested in attending, this clinic helps defeat the possible feelings of overwhelm and hopelessness experienced by family.

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Judgement free zone

“Finding the Fire Art as Therapy Clinic” is a three hour clinic focused on unlocking the dungeon doors of trauma and social isolation by utilizing expressive arts. Self-discovery is the catalyst that removes attendees from judgement associations and fear into freedom, renewed passion and peace.     Each participants’ painting will be a unique reflection of their own style, taste and beliefs. Paintings are NOT intended to recreate the instructors example. Clinics are in person events with a maximum enrollment of 12. 



All materials are supplied in the art kit provided. Supplies are also provided to complete two more practices along with an outline of the process for at home use.

Please call Blackbird Trace for pricing and to reserve your space.

Blackbird Trace 740-517-5002