A Transformative Approach
A new integrative approach combining art therapy and Jungian psychology to treat depression. The theoretical foundation, clinical methodology and procedure are detailed alongside case studies from the author's extensive research and practice. She also lays out her research methodology and discusses the implications of this clinical approach.
Arthur Robbins, a pioneer in art therapy, demonstrates how aesthetic communication transforms psychodynamic treatment. In brief focused art therapy, the patient lives out her life theme: follow your spirit by living on the edge. In this moving dialogue, principles of art therapy are elaborated and brought to life.
In this classic text Art Robbins explores the role of the art therapist in integrating aesthetics and psychodynamics into the therapeutic process. The artist in the therapist responds to the patient's use of colour, space, form and energy; the therapist uses his or her artist's reaction to ascertain the psychodynamics of the piece.
The Processing of Transference/Countertransference Material
Arthur Robbins demonstrates how important countertransference reactions are as sources of information and understanding of patient/therapist interactions. He presents transcriptions of some group supervision sessions, which emphasize the mixture of cognitive and affective organization which the therapist is continually exploring with the patient.
Bridging Expression and Form
In the therapeutic workplace, the interaction between patient and therapist is built upon cognitive, affective and expressive experiences. The contributors to this new book explore this interaction in depth, examining the concept of therapeutic presence, and the therapist's ability to maintain it.
This text recasts Arthur Robbins' early work within the framework of modern psychodynamic theory. The creative intent of this text is to offer a structure that is not limited to one therapeutic model and to open up the doors for the creative art therapist to be effective with a wide range of patient populations.
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