Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy

Author(s): Laury Rappaport

Art & Creative Therapies

Focusing is a mind/body method of listening in a gentle, compassionate way to the innate wisdom of the body. Through Focusing, the client can deepen their relationship with their inner self, allowing their mind to provide images that reflect their emotions about a particular issue, situation, or experience.The author explains how Focusing adds a solid clinical framework to art therapy, grounding the image, imagination, and creative process in the body. She shows how Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy can be adapted to a variety of clinical populations, including those with severe psychiatric illness, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, life-threatening and chronic illness in order to cultivate acceptance and compassion towards self and others.Integrating theory, clinical practice, and guided exercises, this accessible book will be of interest to art therapists, focusing therapists, social workers, psychologists and counsellors, as well as trainers and students.It is also suitable for art therapists, focusing therapists, social workers, psychologists, mental health counsellors, marriage and family therapists, trainers and students in all of these areas.

About the author:
Laury Rappaport, PhD, ATR-BC is Associate Professor at Notre Dame de Namur University, California, USA, and has been teaching expressive arts therapy for over 25 years. She is a licensed mental health counselor and licensed family therapist in Massachusetts, a board certified art therapist with the American Art Therapy Association, and a certified focusing trainer with The Focusing Institute. She has pioneered the creation of Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy and Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts Therapy.


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  • : 9781843107606
  • : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • : books

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  • : Laury Rappaport
  • : Paperback