Using Expressive Arts to Work with Mind, Body and Emotions: Theory and Practice

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Published UK, 2009
This book describes the history, principles and core techniques of the Expressive Therapies approach, and explains how it can be used to enhance client participation in the therapy process. Offering step-by-step instructions for implementing the techniques, the book explores the therapeutic benefits of a wide range of creative activities; from expressive writing and music to dreamwork, role-play and dance. Expressive Therapies techniques pioneered by the authors are also described, including body focus exercises, symbol work and self-discovery worksheets. Suggestions for practical activities accompany many of the chapters, offering therapists powerful yet accessible tools for promoting client healing through creativity.

CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS
Attachment, Integration and Renewal
Working with Somatic Awareness
Emotion-Focused Processes
Expressive Writing as Emotional First Aid
Exploring Art as Therapy
Use of Music in Expressive Therapies
Dreamwork
Spirituality and Counselling

Mark Pearson is Director of the Expressive Therapies Institute of Australia. Helen Wilson is a lecturer in Counselling at the University of Notre Dame, Australia.
Paperback. 319 pages