Healing Trauma With Guided Drawing: A Sensorimotor Art Therapy Approach To Bilateral Body Mapping

byCornelia ElbrechtForeword byCathy A. Malchiodi

December 4, 2018|
Healing Trauma With Guided Drawing: A Sensorimotor Art Therapy Approach To Bilateral Body Mapping by Cornelia Elbrecht
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A body-focused, trauma-informed art therapy that will appeal to art therapists, somatic experiencing practitioners, bodyworkers, artists, and mental health professionals

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. Clients draw with both hands and eyes closed as they focus on their felt sense. Physical pain, tension, and emotions are expressed without words through bilateral scribbles. Clients then, with an almost massage-like approach, find movements that soothe their pain, discharge inner tension and emotions, and repair boundary breaches. Archetypal shapes allow therapists to safely structure the experience in a nonverbal way. Sensorimotor art therapy is a unique and self-empowering application of somatic experiencing--it is both body-focused and trauma-informed in approach--and assists clients who have experienced complex traumatic events to actively respond to overwhelming experiences until they feel less helpless and overwhelmed and are then able to repair their memories of the past. Elbrecht provides readers with the context of body-focused, trauma-informed art therapy and walks them through the thinking behind and process of guided drawing--including 100 full-color images from client sessions that serve as helpful examples of the work.
CORNELIA ELBRECHT is founder and director of the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy based in Australia. She holds degrees in fine arts and art education in addition to her extensive postgraduate training in various art therapies, Jungian analytical psychology, bioenergetics, Gestalt therapy, bodywork, martial arts, and somatic expe...
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Title:Healing Trauma With Guided Drawing: A Sensorimotor Art Therapy Approach To Bilateral Body Mapping
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:344 pages, 10 X 7 X 0.7 in
Shipping dimensions:344 pages, 10 X 7 X 0.7 in
Published:December 4, 2018
Publisher:North Atlantic Books
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781623172763

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