The ability to self-sooth is necessary for anyone going into the field of psychology. Partnering with an individual on the journey of emotional healing and spiritual reconciliation is taxing for both the patient and the therapist. After a day of giving proper focus to a client, a therapist can feel drained and psychically exhausted. It is important for any therapist to find healthy and fulfilling ways to center and re-energize. For those entering the field of art therapy, creativity is central in this process.
A group of Masters and Doctorate students in the Art Therapy program at Antioch University Seattle gathered for an experiential which focused on the concept of self-soothing. The directives were to create a comforting perfume that was reminiscent of childhood then compose a poem or piece of short prose about the experience. Using perfume-making supplies donated by Bramble Berry, Inc., seventeen students joyfully set out to self-sooth.
We were thrilled to be asked to participate in such a fun creative course. Since we work primarily with fragrances and soap supplies, none of us had ever heard of this type of art therapy and were intrigued by it all.
The following are some examples of the perfumes created and their accompanying poems.
Perfume Name:Sierra Madre Courtship
O deep brown eyes
Makes my heart go pitter pat
Perfume Name:Willow Fields
Romping through the weeping willows,
Waving to me in the wind,
I am at home with the Earth,
Perfume Name:Compilation/Moth Balls
Perfume Name:Default Setting
I kind of like lilies
But it didn’t smell like lilies
I kind of like lavender
But it didn’t smell like lavender
Perfume Name:Honey Bunch
I played in a tree fort at a family cottage with my sister & cousins.
Lots of cedar, spruce, & white pine around.
I made a zip line & then flipped off it
Perfume Name:Baby Ava
Scents used:Vanilla Baby Powder Surplus, Oatmeal, Milk & Honey, Moonlight Pomegranate, Vanilla Select
You came so unexpected,
A true gift for the world.
So sweet and pure and innocent.
My brand new baby girl.
I wish that I could wrap you up to protect you from all harm.
I know you will live & learn,
And grow up to be strong.
But for now you are my little girl,
Perfume Name:Mom’s Christmas Cake