Art for Minds

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In the article below, it discusses the many ways that art is beneficial for our mental health. The article examines a study about how making art stimulates our brains documented by MRI machines. It talks about an organization called Inside Out that uses an art based holistic approach to helping people with mental health challenges. Lastly, it explores the benefits of adult coloring books as a relaxation technique.

As a member of the art and art therapy community, I believe that art can be a powerful way to help people across the spectrum of mental health no matter the level of skill.

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”- Kurt Vonnegut

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Holly Majerus, Art Therapy Graduate Intern

Spring into Wellness



Last weekend, West Grove Clinic, participated in Free Spirit School's "Spring into Wellness" event along with other local practitioners, health care specialists, and holistic health care individuals. Spring into Wellness offered participants an opportunity for self-exploration of the mind, body, and spirit. Many thanks to the Free Spirit School for hosting this enlightening experience, and allowing so many like-minded individuals to connect and grow together! 


Individual receiving sound therapy.

Individual receiving sound therapy.

Healing in Nature


If you have ever been camping, sat around a bonfire, or even taken a moment to enjoy a park, then you have felt the power that nature may stir inside all of us. In this article, Sam Louie discusses his use of nature in healing therapy. Louie believes being in nature and having contact with wildlife without the distractions of cell phones or even speaking can be a great tool in the healing process. We are so used to having a multitude of accessories at our fingertips, but if we strip these distractions away, and instead sit in silence and solitude within nature, we may experience deep, meaningful and even spiritual moments within ourselves.

For a more in-depth look at Louie’s therapy techniques and how they utilize the power of nature, click the link below. Enjoy!

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Molly Schmidt, SAC-IT

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Meditation, Yoga, & Acupuncture in Recovery

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What do meditation, yoga, and acupuncture have to do with recovering from addiction? They have a lot to do with the recovery process. According to Taite and other researchers, regular meditation has an impact on the brain, yoga has many mental health benefits and can help your overall well-being, and acupuncture can help balance the energy in your body. Here at West Grove Clinic, we take a holistic approach to treating addiction. We not only integrate things like meditation, yoga, acupuncture, and other forms of holistic treatment into our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), but we also have a variety of clinicians who specialize in a holistic treatment modalities.

Check out the link below to learn more about how holistic treatment relates to recovery. Enjoy!

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Sara Saunders BA, SAC-IT