Art Therapy with Physical Conditions by Marian Liebmann, Sally Weston, Trevor Thompson, Malcolm

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 parts of actual health problems develop into extra recognized, there's a renewed curiosity within the strength of paintings remedy to aid sufferers come to phrases with damage, ache 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 equivalent to myalgic encephalopathy (M.E.) and ulcerative colitis. actual stipulations together with different components corresponding to homelessness or studying disabilities, and kids with life-long and persistent stipulations also are lined. The e-book comprises dialogue of religious and philosophical matters whilst mortality is confronted, existence swap and adjustment matters, useful issues and which versions of perform paintings therapists locate so much precious with a number of teams. it will be crucial interpreting for humanities therapists and scholars, in addition to for execs with an curiosity in mental matters and well being for sufferers with actual disease or long-term stipulations, equivalent to psychotherapists and counsellors, complementary therapists, medical professionals, nurses and different healthcare execs.

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Loss of motor functioning may be symptomatic of psychological stress, and as real as its psychological, emotional, social and existential ‘symptoms’. Helen really couldn’t bend her knees. You might like to try that too. She said she was happy with life, apart from her condition, which had got worse and worse over five years. Now she wanted to be ‘normal’. The well-functioning multi-disciplinary team tried to understand. Academically Helen continued to do well. An art therapy assessment was promising and she joined the weekly slow-open studio most of the unit’s young people came to.

There is no conflict between attachment and salutogenic approaches. The therapist holds the hope that meaning-making is possible for the person who comes into therapy without story, unable to process emotions, and finding life so incomprehensible, meaningless and unmanageable that they would rather die. Perhaps at first Rachel’s running was self-medicating with endorphins. Perhaps it was a symbolic flight. Perhaps it was a ‘defence’. If it became a running towards the joy of being in the world, that does not contradict a terrified drive to escape a trap.

She said she was happy with life, apart from her condition, which had got worse and worse over five years. Now she wanted to be ‘normal’. The well-functioning multi-disciplinary team tried to understand. Academically Helen continued to do well. 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.

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