Mindful Art Therapy
Release Date:21 Jun 2015

Mindful Art Therapy

A Foundation for Practice

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

The mindful art therapy presented in this book places inner contemplation, openness and visual language at its centre, showing how traditional Eastern wisdom can be integrated into modern psychotherapeutic practice for mind-body wellness.

This book introduces a foundation for mindful art therapy practice by providing a coherent framework that bridges paradigms between eastern and western traditions. The author clarifies different approaches from mindfulness traditions to guide students and practitioners in determining the most suitable and personalised method for practice, research and professional development. The book features case studies and artworks from the treatment of common clinical presentations such as anxiety and depression and includes a guided meditation script and audio file.

This book is an essential text for art therapy and psychology students, academics and allied health professionals who seek to integrate mindful art therapy into research and practice.

As a practicing therapist this book is of great interest to me. Barbara takes me through each chapter giving me the confidence to practice mindful art therapy and offer this mode to the appropriate clients. This is an exciting possibility for a therapist who has been working in the field for twenty five years and I want to thank her for it!

– Marilyn Cobain, Private Practitioner Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society

Barbara Davis is a psychologist and art therapist in private practice specializing in mindful art therapy. She is an international member of the American Art Therapy Association. Barbara has undertaken art therapy research at Monash University, Victoria Australia, including a Masters (art and cognitive intervention for test anxiety) and Doctorate (phenomenological art therapy with international students). In 2000 she received a Glaxo Wellcome International prize on behalf of the Jean Hailes Foundation for innovative education using traditional art to inform indigenous health promotion in the west Kimberley region of Australia. Barbara currently divides her time between private practice, academic supervision and developing mindful and creative programs for wellbeing. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Acknowledgments. Preface. Part I. What is Mindfulness?. 1. Introduction. 2. Mindfulness Theories and Approaches. Part II. Mindful Art Therapy - A Method for Practice. 3. Mindfulness Processes. 4. Art Therapy Perspectives. 5. Inside a Mindful Art Therapy Session. Part III. Metaphorically Speaking. 6. Painting Through Depression. 7. Good Grief. 8. Voice of Reason. 9. Silence is Golden. 10. Contemplating Panic. Part IV. Clinical Applications in Mindful Art Therapy. 11. Sentient Being. 12. Sense and Sensibility. Chapter 13. Complementary Methods. 14. Mindful-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Wellness. 15. ACT. 16. Positive Psychology. Part V. Developing a Mindful Art Therapy Practice. 17. On Becoming a Mindful Art Therapist. 18. A Note About Music. Tables and Figures. References.
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