The Healing Flow: Artistic Expression in Therapy : Creative Arts and the Process of Healing : an Image/Word Approach Inquiry

The Healing Flow: Artistic Expression in Therapy : Creative Arts and the Process of Healing : an Image/Word Approach Inquiry

The Healing Flow: Artistic Expression in Therapy : Creative Arts and the Process of Healing : an Image/Word Approach Inquiry

The Healing Flow: Artistic Expression in Therapy : Creative Arts and the Process of Healing : an Image/Word Approach Inquiry

Synopsis

"Drawing on her extensive experience as a creative arts therapist, Martina Schnetz puts forward a new approach to the process of art in healing. She explores the dialogue between the internal world, external images, and words, shaping a new vocabulary for creative arts therapists. The Healing Flow is a theoretical and experiential account of the author's work with survivors of childhood trauma and post traumatic stress. Case studies are presented in this model. Through providing deeper insight into the creative processes, participants recover meaningful patterns in their lives, and restore connectedness between themselves and the world."

Excerpt

What is it to “make art” when one wants to heal? The art therapy discussed in this book is painting therapy. That one risks picking up a brush and expressing gestures of color and shape whose origins are deep within one’s past can flounder us as much as it can heal us. We know this risk before we even begin. Yet, after the first and the often unsure lines are painted, there is a nameless need within us that captures us, that compels us to continue. This happens when we recognize that what is being formed on the paper is something we have never seen before and, yet, is something with which our body-psyche is intimate.

Wisely, in her therapeutic practice and writings about “healing flow,” Martina Schnetz does not place symbols and interpretation at therapy’s center. Her sight and the sight of the patients, who are “art-makers” in a group together, stay with the moving and actual reality of what is represented in the images being painted by them. A healing flow depends upon accepting the reality of any images we might make. It also depends on accepting our responses to an image-reality as it transforms itself before our eyes when we change it with our painting hands. Art supports us toward healing even when the “meaning” ofthe image, as it is being made, is yet out-of-consciousness and only within the body’s sensorial gestures.

Art eases us into healing through a process that is alchemical in its subtlety. In creating a visual world on paper we are self-creating, too. We are self-creating by dialoguing between our eyes and our psyche without handling . . .

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