WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE OF ART THERAPY?

PPC PRIVATE PSYCHOTHERAPY CLINIC -SENIOR ACCREDITED PSYCHOTHERAPIST-Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

Where art is used mainly as a tool in psychotherapy, art materials are limited to those that produce effects quickly and without  the need for a great deal of technical proficiency. Art  methods aimed at spontaneity of expression are presented in the hope that  unconscious  material will escape censorship. Since the art works are valued mainly  for their immediate communicative value, the complete development  of  expressive art products is notemphasized.

Therapy is primarily interpretive,with the client’s own verbalassociations and formulations playing a large part.Provided that the therapist has sufficient training, the development of transference  (shifting feelings about significant people to the therapist) may be  encouraged and its handlingthen becomes an important  element in treatment (Naumburg, 1966).

Where therapy depends  primarily on values inherent in art itself, the therapist strives  to help  clients  make art products  whose    expressive quality and depth are as fully realized as  the individual’s…

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