Even when words are our preferred form of self-expression, sometimes our feelings are too deep, powerful, or painful to be expressed clearly. The act of artistic creation can empower us to feel and process deep emotion and communicate them to others without being held back by language or fear of direct confrontation. Whether we can’t find the right words to say or we can’t bear to say them, we can substitute colors, shapes, images, textures, and light to mimic or explore what we’re feeling in a safe, therapeutic setting.
From pioneering therapist Cathy A. Malchiodi, this book synthesizes the breadth of research on trauma and the brain and presents an innovative framework for treating trauma through the expressive arts.
Discover the healing power of art therapy The purposeful act of making art can be more than a creative outlet. It can also help individuals gain self-awareness, process difficult thoughts, and even ease the effects of past traumas.
While art therapy traditionally focuses on therapeutic image-making and the cognitive or symbolic interpretation of these creations, Cornelia Elbrecht instructs readers how to facilitate the body-focused approach of guided drawing.
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