Car accident victims go through a great deal of suffering—physically, emotionally, financially, and mentally. The physical wounds often heal, and financial effects can be fixed in time, but the emotional and mental wounds sometimes linger.
A Phoenix car accident lawyer shared an idea with Colorado Lawyers for the Arts: Have clients paint their trauma.
No, as a lawyer, your job is not to heal your clients. Your job is to help them get justice for the accident and financial compensation to get them through the long road ahead. But, why not help them in other ways if you can?
Talk to your clients about painting their trauma, and they will remember how you helped them. They will remember how their attorney went above and beyond for them. Helping your clients overcome their emotional scars is a good thing to do, and you never know how your kindness could return to you in the future.
What Is Painting Your Trauma?
Psychologists have been using art and creative pursuits for many years to help victims of abuse deal with their trauma. They knew what the rest of us didn’t—that art can help you express traumatic issues and get them out in a way that is therapeutic and good for the soul.
Your vehicle crash clients also went through something traumatic, and they can use art to get their feelings and fears out on paper or canvas in a healthy way.
Paint is a simple medium. The colors, smells, hand motions, brush strokes, and textures are particularly helpful in expressing trauma. Sometimes, a person may not have in mind a physical form to draw that can express what they’re feeling or fearing. Yet they can mix paints to create a feeling or to express an emotion in a way that other artistic mediums can’t quite do.
What if My Client Is Not a Painter?
While painting is a great tool for helping injury victims overcome trauma, it’s not the only tool. Other creative pursuits, such as working with clay, knitting, or drawing, can be healing, too.
Art Can Help Car Accident Victims Process Trauma
Colorado Lawyers for the Arts wants to remind you that art is not a substitute for mental health treatment. It’s a wonderful tool that can be used to help car accident victims deal with trauma. You may want to advise your clients to get mental health treatment if they are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues.