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Art therapy is a unique approach that enriches the lives of individuals through active art-making, the creative process, and applied psychological theory. In these digital art therapy sessions facilitated by a professional art therapist, individuals learn how to express themselves therapeutically through drawing to deal with strong emotions, address past traumas, increase self-awareness and self-worth, and decrease stress and anxiety. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, cultivate emotional resilience, enhance social skills, and reduce conflicts. Created by Pamela Hayes MFT, ATR-BC


Art Therapy for Self-Improvement, Reduced Anxiety and Better Relationships includes 7 in-depth lessons covering:

  • Introduction: Welcome to the world of Art Therapy! Art therapy is so much more than “just drawing pictures.” It is the field where the worlds of art and psychology meet to help people work through challenging behavior problems, addiction, stress, anxiety, marital problems, and much more. This lesson will introduce you to your instructor, outline the course benefits, and get you started on your first Quick Activity.
  • What is Art Therapy? There are many misconceptions about what Art Therapy is and isn't. This lesson will explore those misconceptions and help you understand what Art Therapy is and how it can be another means of communication you can use in your own life.
  • Reducing Anexity: Now that you understand what Art Therapy is (and isn't), you're ready to dive into this collection of videos and activities to help you explore art-related ways to reduce anxiety.
  • Building Better Communication Skills: This lesson will help you understand the importance of communication and how to hone your own communication skills so you can strengthen your relationships.
  • Dealing with Negative Feelings: This lesson will help you learn to cope with and process the all-too-common and inevitable negative feelings.
  • Increasing Gratitude and Becoming a More Connected Person: This lesson will help you appreciate how often we appreciate what really matters.
  • Conclusion: Congratulations! You have arrived at the end of the Art Therapy for Self-Improvement, Reduced Anxiety, and Better Relationships course. This lesson will review everything you've learned so you can recall the valuable tools you learned about throughout the course.

Art Therapy for Self-Improvement, Reduced Anxiety and Better Relationships

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  • Art Therapy for Self-Improvement, Reduced Anxiety and Better Relationships includes one robust course, featuring seven in-depth lessons, including video lectures, instructional walkthroughs, guided activities, and more. Click here for a detailed overview of the curriculum. 

  • Pamela Malkoff Hayes, MFT, LMHC, LPC, ATR-BC. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist California, Georgia, Florida and Rhode Island. She is also a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). Her specialties include:

    • alcohol and drug addictions
    • relationship and parenting
    • depression and anxiety
    • grief
    • LGBTQ
    • gender identity and sexuality


    Pamela has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in New York, NY and Otis/Parsons in Los Angeles, CA and a Graduate Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from The Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA


    Over the course of her 30+ year career she has worked in schools, hospitals, prison, foster and residential care, and private practice. Pamela is a noted speaker and educator, lecturing throughout the United States. She has taught art therapy courses at Philips Graduate University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Chicago School for Professional Psychology. She has written several books and produced several DVDs and online classes on Art Therapy.  


    Pamela is also a painter, a 2nd Dan Black Belt and the mother of two homeschooled daughters (now graduated from college).  Combining parenting, fine arts, teaching and Martial Arts has furthered her understanding of discipline, perspective, creativity and family dynamics. This year she has started taking pottery classes, and although she is not very good yet, she is having a lot of fun learning a new skill. She also loves a nice warm bowl of Pho.

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