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Hello my name is Rachel. I am one of the moderators of this group.  I am very excited about this.   As far as psychology and art I think they go together.  I did my undergrad is sociology and psychology  so I know that side of things. I also have struggled with my own mental health issues.  In recovery for me I started to re-discover art which has lead me to deviantArt.  If I never went through the things I did I would have never found my artistic passion all over again. For me Art is a huge part of my recovery.  One of my warning signs is if I stop being creative. I usually do something creative everyday. Some things are more complicated then others.   I am currently  trying to pass on art to others. I volunteer in a dementia unit in a seniors home doing  art.  Last week I did mandalas which are very relaxing to colour for anyone. (If your now a super perfectionist like I was at first).  

Art is a way in which we can express ourselves.  I know for myself it calms me down and I've seen it help calm other people down as well.  Sometimes we can express ourselves in art in ways we can not express ourselves in words.  Sometimes I will just grab a canvas and some paint and go crazy. My picture is just random colours but it helps me release my feels.  I have also started an art journal.  I know in therapy people suggest journaling which I also think is good, but not everyone is a writer. So I think art journaling is an great alternative for people with a more visual side.

Art therapy itself is not that well recognized. I am hoping in the future to do my masters and become an art therapist but was surprised by how little schools there are that offer a program in that area.

When doing art we engage another part of are brain. I know for me I end up doodling a lot when listening to people talk and for me it actually helps me concentrate better as it shuts down the chatter side of my brain so I can focus on the speaker.  I am learning to use art and creativity to my advantage and also hope to help others do the same.
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nikkidoodlesx3 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Thank you for requesting my work!
AnguisPoetica Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist did I become a co-founder of his group?? I just joined yesterday! Not that I mind, but it's kinda weird....
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bubbleslayer Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
whish you would fix this issue.... it is a very nice theme and it's a shame that this group is so messed up :(
Drecun Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014   General Artist
After reading  unanswered notes to group about membership  and leaving/joining five times as a co-founder just realized it's quite a mess, everyone here is co-founder or contributor, no regular members. Thank you for inviting me, but no, thanks.  Just can't watch manga kids declining good works. so... leaving permanently ;)
Have fun.
Drecun Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014   General Artist
feels like home:)
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NikolettaM Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the request!! :)
NikiAndo Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you very much for accepting me in your group!
emcorpus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much for accepting my membership in the group. Greetings to all my fellow artists, and to all who believe that all humanity is born creative though we may lose it in the course of socialization, and that reviving creativity is crucial to healing what ails us.
Best regards to all,
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Schadowface Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi there, thank you for accepting me, youŽre gallery is great :-) i donŽt like to be a co-founder, i donŽt have enough time for this "job". so iŽll demote my status :-)
v-242 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Apparently, once you join this group, you are automatically given a "CO-FOUNDER" status.

If you don't want to be a Co-Founder, apparently, you'll need to do the following in order to demote yourself to a "Regular User":

01.  Once you are approved to the group, you may notice that you've been deemed a "Co-Founder".

02.  First off, refresh the "Psychology-Art" group page so that you see the "WELCOME HOME" message at the top of the page.

03.  Above the WELCOME HOME message, you'll notice a small RED COLOURED symbol that looks like a "do not enter" sign that reads "ADMIN AREA".

04.  Left click one time on the "ADMIN AREA" symbol.

05.  You are now taken to the "Administration Area" portion of the "Psychology-Art" group.

06.  In the upper left corner of the page, you'll notice a "MANAGE MEMBERS" icon that has a symbol of three figures stacked in a pyramid shape.

07.  Left click one time on the "MANAGE MEMBERS" symbol.

08.  You are now taken to the "Manage Members" portion of the "Psychology-Art" group.

09.  On the left side of the screen, you'll notice a list of titles (i.e. "FOUNDER", "CO-FOUNDER", "CONTRIBUTORS", "ANY ADMINISTRATOR", "MEMBERS" ... etc.).

10.  Select the "CO-FOUNDER" option.

11.  You'll now see a list of "Co-Founders" appear to the immediate right of the "Co-Founder" option that you clicked on in step 10. above. 

12.  The list will appear with alternating blue / white rows and a small downward arrow / triangle symbol within a circle.

13.  Scroll down the list of Co-Founders / users until you find YOUR OWN DEVIANTART USER ALIAS.

14.  Once you've found your name, left click on the downward arrow / triangle symbol.

15.  A small window will appear with five options listed:

"View Log"
"View Message History"
"View Profile"
"Change Role..."
"Kick Out..."

16.  Select the "Change Role..." option.

17.  A new window will appear that allows you to reassign your status.

18.  It'll list the following options:

New role:


19.  Select the "Member" option.

20.  A warning prompt will appear that states:  "ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO DEMOTE THIS ADMINISTRATOR TO A REGULAR MEMBER?"

21.  Select the "OK" button.

22.  Now, either refresh your browser screen or return to your deviantART profile page.

23.  Access the group once again and you *should* notice that your user status has changed from that of a "Co-Founder" to that of a "Member".


If these instructions have been helpful to you, I'd appreciate a Llama badge in return for my efforts (if you don't mind).  ;)


Thanks for your time.

Best wishes,



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Cobrateen Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the request, I am honored you found the piece interesting!
Captain-BlackHeart Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
for ANYONE interested in NOT being a Co-Founder, I figured how to DEMOTE yourself in the Admin Area. A little frustrated that no notes have been responded to and it seems that all members are automatically set to Co-Founder. can fix that....... ;)
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maomaogoo Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank u for the request
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AnimaCreations Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Youre not a member but Ive sent you a request.  ;)
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W-out Featured By Owner May 5, 2014   General Artist
thank you for accepting me into the group.. you have made me an instant admin to this group.. nt realy sure what to make of that or is that an experiment too.. ;-) grtzz
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AnimaCreations Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Ive left the group since some weeks back,
but thank YOU Ruthie, Merpa, Marta, Jenny...  

My new group is

Check it out and join if you havent already.

crazyruthie Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014   General Artist
thank you! :iconlazydanceplz:
merpagigglesnort Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014   Traditional Artist
thanks lots sanne! :)
martaraff Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Thanks for the request*:heart:*
jennystokes Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the request.
katiousa15 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Thank you so much for the request!!Hug Heart 
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merpagigglesnort Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014   Traditional Artist
thanks for the request! i was curious why you were requesting self portraits. i wondered if you were putting them in the "abnormal" folder! j/k
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FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Thank you!! :)
MarcoHerrera Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the art request!!
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