The Benefits of Adult Coloring Books vs Creating Your Own Art

"Adult" coloring books have become a socially acceptable and "cool" new way to relax. Almost every store that I go into now there are adult coloring books at the checkout - from the grocery store to the shoe store. I have clients who come into their intake for art therapy sessions holding their coloring books. They say, "Oh, I have already been doing art therapy. I color in this coloring book every night. It helps to distract me from my thoughts". Adult coloring books are promoted as a fun way to relax, as stress management or an anti-anxiety tool. Some claim to be "art therapy" in the title of the coloring book. I educate my clients that the adult coloring books are actually not the same

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