By Marian Liebmann, Sally Weston, Trevor Thompson, Malcolm Learmonth, Karen Huckvale, Jo Beedell, Michele Wood, Simon Richardson, Don Ratcliffe, Julie Jackson, Nicki Power, Alison Hawtin, Cherry Lawrence, Kayleigh Orr, Michael Fischer, Jo Clifton, Jo Bissonn
Because the emotional elements of actual health problems develop into extra acknowledged, there's a renewed curiosity within the strength of paintings remedy to aid sufferers come to phrases with damage, soreness and terminal and life-long stipulations. a variety of skilled artwork therapists describe their paintings and its advantages to quite a few teams together with people with melanoma, debilitating stipulations comparable to myalgic encephalopathy (M.E.) and ulcerative colitis. actual stipulations together with different components akin to homelessness or studying disabilities, and youngsters with life-long and persistent stipulations also are coated. The e-book contains dialogue of non secular and philosophical matters whilst mortality is confronted, existence switch and adjustment concerns, functional concerns and which versions of perform paintings therapists locate so much useful with quite a few teams. this may be crucial analyzing for humanities therapists and scholars, in addition to for pros with an curiosity in mental concerns and wellness for sufferers with actual sickness or long-term stipulations, corresponding to psychotherapists and counsellors, complementary therapists, medical professionals, nurses and different healthcare execs.
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An art therapy assessment was promising and she joined the weekly slow-open studio most of the unit’s young people came to. This was the gateway to psychotherapy. 46 ART THERAPY WITH PHYSICAL CONDITIONS Helen allowed her shyness and shame to become occasionally glimpsed behind her bright mask. The mask was a rigid shield. Spontaneity, she feared, meant vulnerability, exposure. Time, kind attention, a trained acceptance and an effort to understand the world as she saw it, and an art language that did not force her to choose or be judged, seemed more likely to be kind and helpful than any attempt to ‘storm the defences’ and ‘steal’ her symptoms.
Indeed, it is not just running – the terrain requires that you leap over rocks and creeks, skip over tree roots, hurtle down descents and scramble up steep climbs. It is a playground. I have laughed and cried in the wilderness. This is running with emotions overflowing. Rachel shows what ‘devout agnosticism’ brings as the alternative to ‘diagnosis’. Jeremy Holmes has summarized the aims of attachmentbased psychotherapy as ‘autobiographical competence’ and ‘affective processing’ (Holmes 2014). If our lives make sense to us, if we can deal with how we feel about life, then we have a greater sense of Does Your Body Mind?
I asked Rachel if she felt she could write, many years after the end of therapy, a commentary on health, trauma and self-harm. Rachel sent me a copy of a beautiful drawing of her first, newborn son, which I asked to include here. Instead, she chose a portrait of her father, ‘because that’s where it all started’. I have no memory of being well. I saw my first psychiatrist when I was eight and the second from thirteen until I went to university, for weekly analytical therapy. He remained in contact throughout university, with campus professionals filling in gaps and prescriptions.
Art Therapy with Physical Conditions by Marian Liebmann, Sally Weston, Trevor Thompson, Malcolm Learmonth, Karen Huckvale, Jo Beedell, Michele Wood, Simon Richardson, Don Ratcliffe, Julie Jackson, Nicki Power, Alison Hawtin, Cherry Lawrence, Kayleigh Orr, Michael Fischer, Jo Clifton, Jo Bissonn