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Bobs
My 15 year old D has been offered art therapy through CAHMs. Has anybody used this therapy with their AN child and were there any benefits.
Many thanks
15 year old D. Started to feel low summer 2019. Fall out with friends October 2019. Depressed, self-harming and suicidal from January 2020. Diagnosed with AN July 2020. Slowly coming out of it and feeling hopeful for the future.
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teecee

Not used it but my D was desperate to find an art therapy class last year but CAMHS were unable to help us as there was nothing locally. 

I imagine it would be beneficial if she is willing to engage. Good luck I hope it goes well for you. 

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US_Mom
Yes. It was VERY helpful for my D! Hope it is for your D!
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Kali

Hi Bobs,

There was an art therapy session once a week when my d. was in residential. Although it is not going to cure an eating disorder, it can help refocus attention on something other than the illness and also help someone explore interests. Channeling some energy towards creative things can be very healing. She learned that she enjoyed making crafts and we did some when she came home. She made dreamcatchers, we made soap one day, she wove bracelets, and it was calming. 

A long time ago I participated in an art therapy group where we would meet, do a guided meditation and then draw or paint what had come up during the meditation and share something about what we had made afterwards. If you like art, it is really really a wonderful way to get in touch with feelings and thoughts.

warmly,

Kali

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ValentinaGermania
We had that in IP. It did not help with ED but gave some distraction.
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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Bobs
Many thanks for your replies. My D is doing quite well and trying to keep up with her studies in school. 
I’m just trying to weigh up how helpful it would be against missing school and the anxiety of falling behind would cause. 
15 year old D. Started to feel low summer 2019. Fall out with friends October 2019. Depressed, self-harming and suicidal from January 2020. Diagnosed with AN July 2020. Slowly coming out of it and feeling hopeful for the future.
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ValentinaGermania
If the question is art therapy or school I would chose school 🙂. That is also distration and less risk that the therapist says something inappropriate...🙂
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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