Entries by Raina Cowan

Community Challenge Project: Hearts for Baby Carriage

HeArts for Baby Carriage: Heartache/Heartbreak Thank you for your interest in the HeArts for Baby Carriage project. The intention is to fill my antique baby carriage with hundreds of small sewn stuffed hearts. The hearts are tokens of remembrance: symbolizing the grief and loss (heartache and heartbreak) that people (especially women) experience when faced with […]

Reasons Why Schools Need Expressive Therapists

I recently finished watching Season 1 of the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” based on the book of the same name by Jay Asher. Season 2 is available on Netflix starting today. The show candidly tackles subjects such as bullying, cyber bullying, slut-shaming, consent, sexual assault, “bro-culture” and of course, suicide. Since the show aired, […]


Mama-thon: the marathon of Motherhood

“Mama” & “Is she yours?” These are the two phrases that are the most shocking to me since I became a mom over 5 years ago. That anybody would call me “Mama” or “Mommy” still sometimes catches me off guard after years of infertility and multiple miscarriages, followed by the adoption of our amazing daughter. […]

Agent of Change

As a counselor and art therapist I consider myself an “agent of change”. I see my role as assisting my clients in becoming their own agents of change (assuming most people seek Counseling because there are aspects of themselves or their relationships or lives that they would like to change or “improve” or just be “different” […]

The Creative Process: Manifestation

To manifest is to make something visible. In essence, creating is making something known that was not before. Art making is self-actualizing. Through the act of making things, we define aspects of ourselves. By cooking a wonderful dinner for example, we foster the idea of ourselves as capable of cooking a tasty, nutritious meal. Similarly, […]

The Creative Process: Exploration

Exploration is the stage of the creative process that requires the most courage. Some even skip incubation and preparation and surrender themselves to exploring. In art therapy, the therapist often prepares the space and the materials so that the client may start exploring immediately. Some artists also keep fuss-free materials at the ready in order […]

The Creative Process: Preparation

Preparing to create may take different forms for different people. I find it helpful to conceptualize it in terms of physical and mental preparation. Further, there’s prepping the environment or space, materials and most importantly the spirit. Environment: What type of space is your preferred work space? Note: outsider artists have created in the most […]

The Creative Process: Incubation

I have been thinking about what kind of content I want to publish here, mulling over different ideas and even started writing a few articles. This part of the creative process is “incubation”. Many times we have to go inside ourselves and find the mental space that houses the Source of our thoughts, dreams, beliefs and […]

Thoughts on Suicide and Prevention

I’ve had lots of thoughts about suicide prevention since the announcement of Chris Cornell’s untimely death last week. No one has all the answers but having worked in community mental health for 18 years, I know there are many instances where suicide can be prevented. If anyone you know mentions anything about wanting to end their […]