"Here is a little Flower Therapy eBook Primer for you to enjoy. It's just a simple little gift to the world to make it a better place. I hope it makes your day a little brighter!"
Flower Impact Therapy
A Self-Help Therapy Guide
Written & Illustrated by
(Licensed Professional Counselor)
Flower Impact Therapy
Written & Illustrated
Copyright © 2016 by Michelle Trousseau
This eBook is dedicated to my grandmother Daisy. Every time I see a daisy it reminds me of you!
“Just living isn’t enough, “ said the butterfly. “One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
Hans Christian Anderson
Flower Impact Therapy
Table of Contents
Flower Power & Emotional Health 7
The Health Benefits of Flowers 11
Basic Flower Color Therapy 14
The Flower Therapy Healing Garden 20
The Benefits of Giving Flowers 23
Flower Therapy: Create a
Cutting Garden 25
Flower Therapy: Tips for
Growing Flowers 27
Learn How to Paint Flowers 31
Using Dried Flowers 34
Flower Therapy Potpourri 36
Flower Therapy Perfume Oil 39
Meditate with Flowers & Art 42
Flower Bath Bags 45
Flower Therapy Home Décor 47
Flower Impact Therapy Balls 49
Flower Therapy Dried &
Artificial Flowers 54
Flower Therapy Tranquility
“Zen” Gardens 59
Branching Out with Fresh
Cut Greenery 63
Flower Therapy Jewelry 67
The Art of Giving Back with Flowers 68
Flower Arrangement Schools
Workshops & Public Gardens
Flower Festivals 69
About the Author 75
Flower Power & Emotional Health
For 5,000 years humans have grown flowers alongside their edible crops. It has been suggested that flowers have been allowed to take up space that could have been used for edible crops because of their positive effects on mankind.
Flowers have evolved with humans and are included in the rituals of spirituality, romance, death and burials, and celebrations of life. They have found a niche by creating positive emotions in human beings.
Flowers have an enormous impact on our emotional health and wellbeing. Based on a ten month study at Rutgers State University it has been found that flowers make us happier and have many positive effects on people’s emotional wellbeing. Nature has provided a natural way to improve our mood…. flowers.
In the study conducted at Rutgers State University flowers were found to have a significant impact on moods. Participants of the study reported to feeling less anxiety and depression. and more enjoyment out of life. The study also found that flowers can have a positive impact on older people with memory, and encourage social networking for people of all ages.
Another study at Harvard University showed that humans experience less depression, anxiety, and worry when cut flowers are added to work and living spaces.
Texas A. & M. University also did a study on the positive effects of flowers and found a link to improvement of cognitive skills and greater creativity when flowers are added to the workplace. Hospital patients will heal faster, need less pain medication, be less tired, and have lower blood pressure when flowers are present in the hospital room.
A study at Texas A & M showed that people had 15% more creative ideas and solutions to work related problems. Students studying for exams will have better cognitive performance and less stress.
Flowers bring instant happiness to the recipient. People who give flowers are perceived as more emotionally intelligent and can connect better with the person they are giving the flowers to. Flowers can change how people think and sway their judgement towards positive thoughts of the giver.
We now have scientific proof about flower power than we previously did and the impact is great! Flowers are defiantly an emotional “inducer”. This primer on Flower Impact Therapy will offer ideas on how to bring this powerful mood enhancer that is readily available to your personal life. You can significantly increase your health and happiness when you bring “Flower Impact Therapy” into your daily life.
The Health Benefits of Flowers
Do you know that when you give someone flowers they can reap the benefits for up to three days? Giving flowers sends positive endorphins to the brain and getting flowers gives you even more of these powerful chemicals! Endorphins are chemicals in the brain that are released from cells in the body when called upon by the hypothalamus.
Endorphins resemble opiates and morphine. But our body creates them in a natural and healthy way. Getting and receiving flowers will cause your brain to produce endorphins. Endorphins make you happy!
What is also interesting is that new studies show that when we give flowers to someone it can actually change their brain plasticity in a positive way. So, when someone is mad at you try giving them flowers! Flowers are magic and they make everyone who gives and receives them happier.
Try giving a flower to someone today and start benefitting from the natural high of the flower! You can even benefit when you give yourself flowers. What’s stopping you? Start your day out with a beautiful flower and place it where you spend the most of your time.
Basic Flower Color Therapy
Colors play a very important part in Flower Therapy.
A simple color wheel can give one the basic idea of how the colors in flowers work with the human psyche.
Colors that Bring Harmony: These are the colors that are next to one another on the color when. An example would be green and blue, or red and orange.
Contrasting Colors: Red and green, or yellow and violet.
Conflicting Colors: These are colors that are widely separated on the color wheel such as violet and orange. Basically these colors will clash but they can add energy and excitement in moderation.
The Color Blue in Basic Color Therapy
Blue brings peacefulness and harmony depending on the shade used. Blue is a symbol of truth, spirituality, wisdom, creativity, loyalty, and eternity. Light blue is a symbol of serenity more than a darker blue.
Orange can symbolize health and energy. If someone is ill you may wish to offer them orange flowers. Feeling a little low on energy? Clip some orange flowers for yourself and add them to your bedroom, or bathroom.
Red symbolizes love, passion, power, and courage. If you want to show someone you love them send red roses. If you need some courage in your life try clipping some red flowers for yourself!
Green is the color of nature, hope, strength, wisdom, wealth, knowledge, serenity, independence, and longevity. Bring as much greenery as you can into your home and office space. Green calms the psyche and acts as a neutral in Flower Therapy. Each bouquet should have some greenery to it. If you are studying for a test add a lot of green to your study area.
Yellow: Similar to orange, yellow gives out a tremendous amount of energy. It also brings a wealth of happiness to the giver and receiver of the flowers. Yellow flowers offer wisdom, and increase your motivation. If you want to be happier add a few yellow flowers to your life!
Pink brings hope into the flower arrangement. Are you hopeful for something? Pink can also calm an angry person down. Bring pink flowers to someone who is mad at you. Pink is also the color of protection. If you want to protect someone send them pink flowers.
Purple flowers increase self-esteem. If you have not been taking care of yourself lately then get some purple flowers for yourself. These will remind you to take better care of you! This flower therapy color also works on others who are not taking care of themselves and suffer from low-self-esteem. The color purple also lowers blood pressure.
This color is a symbol of purity and hope. It can also be a symbol for enlightenment and spirituality. If you are having a hard time getting your point across to someone send them some white flowers to enlighten them!
Same Flower Colors- Calming Effect
(Cool colors and monotone colors are even more relaxing)
More Green Flower Foliage – Higher Creativity
Bold Colors Hot Colored Flowers – Create Energy
Mixed Flower Bouquet - Maximum Effect of colors, scents, and textures to please every perspective.
Communal Spaces - Create more positive moods by adding flowers to a communal space.
Try different jars, bottles, wine bottles for different effect.
Look at a flower first thing each morning for a pick me up. You will be happier, less anxious, and have more energy throughout the day.
The Flower Therapy
It’s time to awaken your senses and soothe anxiety with a new past time such as gardening. Pick a flower, tree, or plant and allow yourself to become obsessed with it. This year my obsession comes to me by way of the peony flower! I am finding that this beautiful flower is as lovely as the rose, if not more so. I am painting this flower over and over again. I have also added an abundance of peony bulbs to my flower gardens.
By planting bulbs I hope to have more success with the peony flower. The bulbs will multiply and donate more of this gracious beauty to my garden. I plan on cutting the flowers for arrangements inside my home and painting
plein aire outside in the garden.
I wonder where my new flower obsession will take me? At the very least I expect to have some beautiful peonies growing in my garden. What can you find with your obsession? You will never know unless you try it. Seek out garden catalogs online and request a copy. Visit a local nursery and find something that is easy to grow in your area.
The Benefits of Giving Flowers
Giving flowers create an immediate stimulus of positive emotions and changes a person’s brain chemistry to a more positive cognitive state. Research shows that those who receive flowers experience more positive emotions for up to three days.
If you want to change someone’s perspective of you then start giving flowers! I’m not talking about store bought or delivered flowers (Although these can be given intermittently from time to time). I’m talking about going outside in nature and taking the time to clip beautiful flowers for someone.
Place the flowers in a creative vase and adorn them with a ribbon. Then, make a homemade card to attach to them. Let the receiver know that you took some time out or your busy life to bring flowers into theirs!
People can’t help being attracted to flowers and soon they will think of you in a surprising new light. Try this form of Flower Impact Therapy on your boss, your neighbor, your mother-in-law, or a prospective new love.
Flowers really make a difference!
Create a Flower Therapy
Nothing in the world will give you more pleasure than creating your very own flower cutting garden for Flower Impact Therapy!
Start with a small plot and make sure it is weed free. Layer it with store bought soil, or homemade compost. Look at nursery and garden catalogs and decide which type of flowers you want to grow for your cutting garden. Try to think of a few types of flowers that would truly make you happy.
Every spring I find I become obsessed with a new flower discovery to add to my cutting garden. This year it is peonies. I looked everywhere to find different specimens of the peony flower. Since it was early spring, I decided to go with bulbs. It is now June and I am starting to see the bulbs turn into the gorgeous peony flower!
I can’t wait until I have a full bloom to cut for a bouquet to bring indoors!
Flower Therapy Tips for Growing Flowers
When I first started a community cutting garden at the school where I was a counselor my husband asked me, “How on earth are you going to make anything grow with your black thumb.” My response to him was, “Maybe I will learn something.” And learn something I did! We had a wonderful Master Gardener come to our school and help us with the community cutting garden for the students and staff. She taught me so much about gardening. However, the most important thing I learned is that it’s not about having a green thumb, or black, thumb. The secret to growing a healthy, beautiful garden is time and attention. Yes, you need to give your garden the time and attention it needs to flourish. When you offer these things to your garden you too will thrive with happiness.
Now, I am not saying to go out and talk to your flowers and plants. But think about it… people who do talk to their plants are actually giving attention to their plants.
I used to just stick flowers into the unnourished soil and hope they would grow. Quite often I would forget to water the plants and guess what? It died on me!
So, the true secret of growing flowers is to offer a small amount of time to them every day. Give them a solid foundation of nourished soil. Don’t forget to sprinkle on a little plant fertilizer and water them several times a week.
Tips for Beginners
- Start a season ahead of schedule in your garden by planting bulbs. Many nurseries offer packaged bulbs for sale months ahead of the season in which they will bloom.
- Learn how to propagate flowers and other plants to increase the amount of flowers in your garden. Buy “Rooting Powder” at a garden store and follow directions to propagate lavender, rosemary, roses, some herbs, and more!
- Compost is the most incredible source of nourishment for your garden and it’s free! Start simply with leaves that have been crushed and moistened over time. I also add coffee grounds directly to the soil. It looks like dirt and has a lot of nutrients that can help your plants stay healthy.
Flower Therapy: Learn How To Paint Flowers
One of the greatest gifts I have ever given myself was to learn the art of painting and drawing flowers. I always envied people who could paint and draw beautiful roses and other sorts of flowers. The old and negative tapes in my head kept me from attempting to learn this artistic craft. I fell into it accidentally at first.
During my lunch breaks as a school counselor I often sought solace from a hectic morning by getting on my laptop and doodling on my “Paint” program.
I would also look at beautiful pictures on Pinterest and Google Images.
One can learn how to paint and draw by copying photographs. I would paste a flower photo or flower garden into the “Paint” software. Then, I would use the watercolor setting on this program and go over the image until it looked like a painting.
My paintings never look like the exact replica of the image so this does not violate any copyrights. I always change something in the image and add additional touches to make it my own.
Try to do some artwork on your lunch hour for at least ten minutes a day, or several times a week. Draw in an artist journal, on your laptop, etc. This is a form of “Flower Impact Therapy” that you can utilize at any time and any place. You don’t have to have an actual live flower to partake in this romantic therapy process!
Using Dried Flowers in
Flower Impact Therapy
Dried flowers offer many of the benefits that fresh flowers offer in Flower Impact Therapy. It’s so easy and pleasurable to dry flowers! All you need are flowers and rubber bands. Cut flowers at their peak and tie the ends with a tight rubber band. Hang the lowers upside down in a cool dry place. In about a month you will have dried flowers to use for your flower décor, potpourri, and more!
I like to hang my flowers that are drying in communal spaces as it gives the same power as fresh flowers. Try hanging these in your kitchen, bath, bedroom, and office for therapeutic benefits.
Flower Impact Therapy Make Your Own Potpourri
Once you have dried your flowers you can start a batch of homemade potpourri. This will enhance the Flower Impact Therapy decor throughout your home. I make a lot of potpourri over the summer months and have plenty on hand to use during the winter months. The potpourri I make connects me to my garden that lies sleeping during the winter. It reminds me that the cold days will not last forever and I will once again witness the rebirth of my flowers in the garden.
To make homemade potpourri from your dried flowers you will need to start pulling off the petals and leaves from the dried flower batches. Mix in some “Flower Impact Therapy Perfume Oil” (see below) and you have homemade potpourri. I like to add small twigs, pinecones, bark, wood chips, and dried moss to my potpourri. This also makes wonderful gifts to spread the love of “Flower Impact Therapy”.
Refresh your homemade potpourri from time to time with the perfume oil. Also, you may want to add seasonal items to your potpourri.
Flower Impact Therapy: Make Your Own Perfume Flower Oil
The market for perfume is tremendous and a vast amount of the scents out there are florals. I like to make my own perfume oil as part of my “Flower Impact Therapy” ritual. I create this for myself, my home, my family, my friends, and my clients! Whenever I get stressed I take a whiff of my wrist where I placed the perfume oil. I also add the perfume oil to lightbulb rings and place them on the lightbulb of a lamp. Once the lamp is turned on I can reap the benefits of “Flower Impact Therapy” by the scent it leaves in my home.
Be very careful not to add perfume oil directly to a light bulb as it could break it. You can purchase lightbulb rings in the candle department of most major chains.
To make your own version of Flower Impact Therapy Perfume Oil follow the directions below:
Carrier Oil (I prefer Almond Oil)
Essential Scented Flower Oil of Choice
Dried Flowers (For Decoration of Personal Perfume Oil Only)
Mix the carrier oil with the essential oil (About 20 – 30 drops). Add as much essential oil as needed to create your special scent. I mix the essential oils to create unique scents. Allow to sit for a week in a cool, dark place.
Flower Therapy: Meditate with Flowers & Art
What I have found in creating my art (either on the canvas or laptop) is a way to actually meditate. This is good for the mind, body, and soul!
Start today by collecting some beautiful images of flowers, gardens, or trees. My favorites are Pinterest and Google Images. Pick a flower you would like to learn to draw or paint. Put the name of the flower in the search engine and voila…. You get many beautiful images of the flower you want to mediate on.
Copy the flower image into your computer “Paint” program. Start to use this program and cover every inch of it with the different paintbrushes and pens found on the tool bar. My favorite is the “watercolor” pen. Try different sizes and shades to create your masterpiece.
Some people might call this process of mediation “the artist zone”. It is very similar to the “therapy zone” I enter when I am working as a therapist. You don’t have to be an expert of any sort to get into this zone. It can happen quite easily if you allow it to!
Start by finding a quiet place. Right now I am listening to some “Native American Flute Music” as I write this page. I also like “Spa Music” when I create.
It usually takes about ten minutes to get into the “meditation zone”. Keep practicing your “Flower Impact Meditation” and over time you will reap the incredible rewards of meditation and have a beautiful piece of art.
Flower Therapy: Make Flower Bath Bags
Take dried flowers and Flower Therapy Oil and mix in a bowl. Place in a muslin cloth bag and hang over your faucet to allow the flowers and oil to create an incredible scent in your bathtub. This is a great way to destress after a long day and work your flower therapy into your life!
Decorate Your Surroundings with Flower Art
Decorating with Flower Art in your home, office, or communal space is a creative way to bring flower therapy into your life and the lives of others. I started using this form of flower therapy in my private practice. My clients seemed happier in the office where flower art was hung on the walls. I then started to add flower art to my own home. My family actually used the rooms where flower art was displayed more than the other rooms in the house. My husband even liked it! Start your flower art décor by adding some flower art and flower arrangements to your home and office space. Soon, you will feel the powerful effects of flower art therapy!
Flower Impact Therapy Balls
Do you get depressed when winter begins and the light starts to fade? Many people fall victim to Seasonal Affective Disorder, which can start in the fall and increases during the winter. Treatment for this depression can include medication, talk therapy, and light therapy (phototherapy).
In winter the sun sets earlier in the day and the temperature decreases. It can be depressing for everyone, especially when you don’t spend any time outside getting sunlight and vitamin D.
I often found that after the holidays I became very “blue” and thought it was because I had Seasonal Affective Disorder. I did not want to take phototherapy due to the exposure to U.V. lights. So, I started to “rethink” my holiday decorations and created “Flower Therapy Balls” out of grapevine wreaths. Cutting the vines that bind the wreath together I was able to open up the wreath and work it into a ball. I added fairy lights and touches of fir tree to enhance the balls along with decorator moss strewn here and there.
I now use “Flower Therapy Balls” year round. I add seasonal touches from nature and tuck them into the balls. In the summer I use wildflowers, rosemary, lavender, roses, peony, butterfly bush, grape leaves, or whatever tickles my fancy.
In the fall I add golden leaves, Aster, Helenium, Russian Sage, Eupatorium, and Chrysanthemums. For winter, I add fir tree, pinecones, holiday ornaments, and scented dried fruit.
You can also use essential oils to the mossy part of the “Flower Therapy Ball” and scent your home. When I come home at night I turn the lights on and feel as if I have an enchanted garden inside my home. Once the flowers dry on your balls just remove them and add another floral addition to the ball.
What is also so wonderful about these “Flower Therapy Balls” is that you can move them around (unlike your Christmas tree) the house. I take them out to my deck when I have a summer party, or put them on the front porch. I keep a few in my office at work too!
Once, a friend even asked me if she could use them for her wedding. The “Flower Therapy Balls” were a great success and helped create a true rustic vineyard wedding theme for the bride.
Now, I give these as gifts to family, friends, and therapy clients needing some “Flower Impact Therapy”. These “Flower Therapy Balls” are so easy to make and offer the healthy benefits of “Flower Impact Therapy.”
- 1 round (not oval) grapevine wreath in preferred size
- Dark wire
- Wire cutters
- Decorator Moss
- Glue Gun
- Assorted Florals or Greenery
1. Cut the part of the grapevine wreath that is wrapped around the wreath and holds it together. Take it completely off and save it for use later.
2. Cut a few strips of the wire at about six inches. Have these ready to grab when you need them.
3. Begin opening the grapevine wreath and try to work it into a ball. You might have to use your feet a bit to hold it while you pull some of the branches in different directions.
4. Once you get the ball started take a few branches in one spot that are starting to form the ball and tie it with the wire. Continue to work the ball and add wire and ties as necessary. I usually use about four to five ties.
5. Hot glue decorator moss onto some branches. I use this sparsely as I want to save room for my
flowers and greenery.
6. Add lights to the “Flower Therapy Ball”. Fairy lights are the best, but you can use Christmas tree lights that have green cords. I like white lights as I find this to be very soothing and calming. But, you can use any color lights you prefer.
7. Decorate your “Flower Therapy Ball” with seasonal flowers and greenery. Allow to dry on the ball.
Optional: Add some essential oil to the “Flower Therapy Ball” for maximum “Flower Impact Therapy”!
To clean your “Flower Therapy Ball” take outside and spray with a hose. Allow to dry.
Flower Therapy: Dried & Artificial Flowers
Fresh, fragrant flowers are best in Flower Impact Therapy, but don’t rule out artificial flowers. Artificial flowers give a visual stimulation to the brain and should be used alongside fresh and dried flowers.
To increase the flower power with artificial flowers add scented flower oil to your bouquet weekly. This will give you many of the benefits attached to Flower Impact Therapy. Aromatherapy alone can only offer so much impact to your senses. Flower Impact Therapy offers much more to the senses. With this therapy one should strive to add the visual, aesthetic, and scent to the home, or workplace. Texture should be added to any floral arrangement, especially artificial flowers by way of twigs, moss, and other items found in nature.
When I can’t use fresh flowers my second choice is dried flowers. My third choice is artificial scented flowers. I still get the visual and aromatic endorphins required in Flower Impact Therapy.
Flower Therapy: Tranquility Zen Garden
This is an ideal way to use “Flower Impact Therapy” for anxiety and stress relief. The “Tranquility Zen Garden” can be custom created to suit your needs and kept inside or outside.
I have one of these gardens on my desk at work. This garden is similar to the “Zen” gardens of the past, but does not follow any rules! It is a low maintenance garden that soothes anxiety and creates a calming atmosphere wherever it is placed.
The materials for the “Tranquility Zen Garden” can be found at your local garden store. There are a variety of succulents that have pretty flowers on them. I like to keep my tranquility garden simple, so I stick to calming colors.
You can use any type of container and create fantastic “Tranquility Zen Gardens” for your home, or office. Some people create a living wall and use this as art!
The Tranquility Zen Garden also make great gifts for other people! I often give one of these mini gardens to people who are under a great deal of stress. Recently, I gave one to a relative who had an upcoming surgery and was highly anxious at the thought of going under the knife! The garden helped create a diversion and relive anxiety for this person.
When you feel anxious spend some time just being around your “Tranquility Zen Garden”. Look at the beauty of the garden as a whole and focus on the delicate structures of each plant for a mini meditation session!
Materials Needed for the “Tranquility Zen Garden”:
Small Succulents such as Hens & Chicks or Haworthia, and Echeveria
(I like to use enclosed picture frames!)
Soil for Succulents
Small Rocks (Not for the Wall Art)
Directions for “Tranquility Zen Garden”:
Create your garden by putting the soil in first and then packing the succulents in tight. Add small rocks to any open spaces. Mist with the water sprayer when your garden is completed. Then, mist once a week. Allow access to sunlight for a few hours a day.
Flower Therapy: Branching Out With Fresh Cut Greenery
Greenery is essential and basically the base of flower therapy. Greenery adds a sense of serenity and peace to your surroundings. Think of how wonderful it feels around the holiday season to have fresh fir tree branches! You can have that feeling all year long if you follow the steps to preserve shrub and tree greenery. I like to use shrub greenery in the spring and summer, branches with leaves in the fall, and fir tree branches in the winter.
My secret lies in the preservation of these leaves and branches. It takes a little bit of time to prepare the branches and leaves, so start a season ahead of time.
Branches of Greenery
(Boxwood, Shrubs, Leaves, Fir)
Trim the leaves off the bottom of the stems and smash with a hammer. This process allows the stems to soak in the glycerin.
Make you solution in the container of 1/3rd glycerin and 2/3rds hot water and allow the glycerin to dissolve. Add some green dye to the solution. The more dye you add the greener the leaves will become.
Allow the hot water glycerin solution to cool down and then add your stems to it. Leave the stems in the solution for two weeks. After two weeks take the stems out and hang upside down in a cool dry place for three weeks.
Once the stems are fully dry you can use them as part of your flower therapy décor. I add my processed stems to floral arrangements, wreaths, potpourri, and flower therapy balls. The stems will last a very long time and be preserved for all your greenery needs. Try it on rosemary and lavender stems too!
Flower Therapy Jewelry
I enjoy creating and wearing flower therapy jewelry. I also make these as gifts for my family, friends, and clients. You can also make your own flower therapy jewelry. Go to the craft store and purchase some pendant bezels. I like to add dried flowers to my pendants, bracelets, rings, and more.
Take dried flowers and place inside the bezel mount. Add craft glue to the frame. Allow to dry and then attach to a necklace, or charm. For more of a flower therapy effect add some flower therapy perfume oil to the glue. Wearing your flower therapy jewelry will not only make you happy, but others as well!
Flower Impact Therapy & the Art of Giving Back
Flower Impact Therapy is a therapy that gives to the giver, as well as the person receiving the flowers. This therapy is a win win for everyone who comes into contact with the flowers. Even if you did not give or receive the flowers just being around flowers (or witnessing the act of someone giving flowers) will make you happier and healthier! So, don’t begrudge your roommate, neighbor, or coworker, for getting flowers delivered. You will also benefit from watching these flowers get delivered. If you are lucky enough they will put them in a communal area for everyone to enjoy and reap the benefits of flower therapy!
I like to take Flower Impact Therapy a step further by spreading flower seeds along paths in my community. The flowers that are easiest for me to use are poppy seeds. In the fall I take the dried poppy seeds and sprinkle them into the meadow behind my house and other areas that could use some beautiful red flowers. In the spring the poppies bloom and attract the honey bees.
Giving back with flower therapy can really have a positive effect on everyone including the environment! Find a flower you love and spread some seeds around your part of the world. You will be happier and healthier because of it and your joy will be shared with so many other beings on earth!
Flower Arrangement Schools, Workshops,
Public Gardens & Flower Festivals
Have you ever considered going to a flower arrangement workshop, or camp? Many craft stores offer a flower arrangement workshop. You can even find some workshops on YouTube!
Every year I go to the “Yellow Daisy Flower Festival” in Atlanta, Ga. with my friends. It is a great way for me to see what others are doing with flowers and spend time with my friends at the same time. I love immersing myself in the beautiful daisy flowers and remember my grandmother who was named “Daisy”. Try going to a flower festival, public garden, or garden show around your area and get some intense flower therapy!
Better yet, get some actual training in a floral arrangement class. American School of Flower Design offers online and in person classes. They have several schools in the United States and Europe. There is no better way to immerse yourself in flower therapy than to actually take a hands on class creating arrangements! Check out: http://www.flowerschool101.com/general-information-flower-design-school/ for more information.
The community garden meadow behind my home where I take daily walks with my dogs.
About The Author
In my other life I work as a licensed professional therapist who utilizes creative counseling and art therapy with my clients. I have a doctorate degree in counseling psychology and have worked as a therapist for the past twelve years.
Michelle Trousseau is my professional artist name and the name of my inner creative being. They wrote this little book about flower therapy and I assisted at times. However, this is their creation! I promise you that I do not have split personalities! But, by using an artist name has given me the freedom to create and write in a completely different style!
I hope you enjoyed this little primer on bringing Flower Impact Therapy into your life!
Disclaimer: This website and its content is intended for trained licensed mental health professionals and school certified mental health professionals to use for their clients / students at their own discretion.
*If you ignore the disclaimer above are using these techniques on yourself and you feel any discomfort or upset it is highly suggested that you seek out a licensed mental health professional immediately.
"Beyond Art Therapy" is the concept from Dr. Stangline that combines all creative fields in therapy. It is not the traditional "art therapy" but goes beyond to include sand tray therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, meditation, color therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a vast majority of other therapies.
For any other type of mental health emergency call your local 911 / Police Number immediately.
Dr. Stangline does not offer advice / suggestions to anyone who is not a professional mental health provider, or a student who is studying this field and has questions about mental health programs of study.
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