creative Therapy

A Few Announcements
April 25, 2008, 10:46 am
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I’ll start with the sad news: The wonderful Ruth Akers told me that although she loves what creativeTherapy is about, she has a lot going on in her life and cannot commit to it right now. It’s very important to me that this is something each member of our team enjoys and does not stress about so I totally respect her decision but we will miss her terribly. Ruth, we hope you come back and be a guest artist.

On a happier note, we have two new and amazing artists who’ve joined our team. Please welcome Kerry Lynn Yeary and Vivian Bonder. I cannot say enough amazing things about their art and I am incredibly excited to have them on our team.

And finally, I am thrilled to let you know that in the very short time we’ve been around, we’ve already passed 10,000 visitors to the site. We have many more amazing guest artists and generous RAKs coming your way and some exciting additions planned to our little site to make sure we keep this place as interesting and rewarding to you as it is to us. I am so thankful to each of you for visiting, commenting, and sharing your art with us. 

Thank you.


Our Team
March 20, 2008, 3:17 pm
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Now that I have the photos and bios of the full team up on the site, I wanted to introduce the wonderful, amazing and awe-inspiring women that I am privileged to have on our team.  


As I explained in the very long post that gave you the backstory, the intent was to have a large team so that we could rotate and each person didn’t have to create every week, so that each piece of art could be fully authentic and so that this never felt like a burden to the team but always something that was healing and empowering. This is why we have a team of twelve of us.


For each catalyst, you will see the work of some of us. Some weeks we may have a lot and other weeks only a few. You will see the work of each of the ladies a few times each month. We also hope to have some guest appearances by people we admire. At least, that’s the plan. We’ll see how it goes….


Here are the amazing women on our team (sorted alphabetically by first name just like their photos are on the side):


Angela Hoffman

Anita Letts

Becky Heisler

Brenda Bliss Delaney

Christine Penaflor

Fran Saperstein

Karan Simoni

Karen Grünberg (me)

Kris Tuey

Leena Loh

Lori Gentile

Ruth Akers 


Collectively, they have more experience and talent than I could have ever dreamt when my little idea developed. I am so delighted to be in their company and I hope their work inspires you as much as it inspires me.

So here’s the story….
March 4, 2008, 12:34 am
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When I was little, I hung out with this group of kids who were my parents’ friends’ children. They were really mean to me and didn’t really want me around. So, I’ve always had this idea that I didn’t belong and people didn’t like being around me. Even though, over the years, a lot happened to show me otherwise, I was just stuck with those ideas in my head.


About two weeks ago, I found a box of photos from my childhood and teenage years. I looked at the photos over and over again and realized that I was smiling in all of them. Even laughing in some. I had people around me, with their arms on my shoulder. Suddenly it hit me that I was all wrong. I had belonged and I was loved. I had hundreds of photos to prove it. (I can’t really put into words the fundamental shift this caused.)


So I grabbed a minibook I had, glued the photos all over it and journaled all around it. I journaled for 7 hours. I wanted to capture this moment of revelation and have something for my future self to revisit if I got delusional again. It was energizing and life-changing.


I wanted to couple that experience with my wish to create more often and to have more fun with creating, so I thought….why not do a weekly challenge? Yes, I know there are thousands of them. But the idea of this one would be using art, scrapbooking, photography, or whatever your creative outlet is as a form of self-therapy. It doesn’t have to be revealing. It can be with colors, a specific technique, lots of journaling, or very few words. It can be art journaling. It can be anything you want as long as it’s therapeutic to you. Creative therapy.


My hope was to have a team of scrappers and mixed media artists. Many of us, so that we don’t all have to do one each week. Since this is emotional at the core, I want to make sure it’s authentic. 


I hope you’re as excited about this idea as we are. I am honored and humbled to be in the company of these amazing artists and I hope that their work will inspire you as much as it awes me. 


I don’t want to call this a challenge site since challenge and creative therapy don’t go together in my opinion. So, we’re going to call them catalysts, since our goal is for the work to be the catalyst for our life and a catalyst for you to feel inspired to create your own piece of creative therapy. 


So, come on over. Pull up a chair and create your own therapeutic art.