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Art Therapy with Physical Conditions

Including powerful stories from a diverse collection of people who have benefited from art therapy, this book is intended to be a companion volume to Sally Weston’s Art Therapy with Neurological Conditions

Including powerful stories from a diverse collection of people who have benefited from art therapy, this book is intended to be a companion volume to Sally Westons Art Therapy with Neurological Conditions.

The stories and passages by experienced practitioners are well written and researched, detailed, and with many vivid illustrations. In four parts relating to adults the book introduces the topic before covering cancer, debilitating conditions such as ulcerative colitis, and physical and other conditions. Four further chapters focus on children with life-limiting illness, while the final part of the book sets out some personal reflections. There is also an excellent glossary.

The books premise is that art therapy can allow people who lack the capacity to verbalise their stories. The tales, which often include situations in which people have faced up to their own mortality, are discussed with care and feeling alongside spiritual and philosophical issues.

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Including powerful stories from a diverse collection of people who have benefited from art therapy, this book is intended to be a companion volume to Sally Weston’s Art Therapy with Neurological Conditions.

The stories and passages by experienced practitioners are well written and researched, detailed, and with many vivid illustrations. In four parts relating to adults the book introduces the topic before covering cancer, debilitating conditions such as ulcerative colitis, and physical and other conditions. Four further chapters focus on children with life-limiting illness, while the final part of the book sets out some personal reflections. There is also an excellent glossary.

The book’s premise is that art therapy can allow people who lack the capacity to verbalise their stories. The tales, which often include situations in which people have faced up to their own mortality, are discussed with care and feeling alongside spiritual and philosophical issues.

Other examples show how art therapy aids recovery with its creative, empowering relationship-based approach. Above all, it can contribute to a person’s sense of significance, especially where clients feel alienated from services. The book’s many thought-provoking case studies are sensitively described.

I found the book highly emotional, but it should be of enormous value to practitioners who are interested in therapeutic care. It would make a useful reference text for a department library.

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