By Sally Atkins, Lesley Duggins Williams, Marianne Stevens Suggs
The aim of this publication is to introduce methods of utilizing the expressive arts in counseling and psychotherapy. It deals experiential expressive-arts actions for counselors, therapists, scholars, and expressive artists attracted to the humanities and therapeutic. This publication offers assets for pro pros searching for new principles and concept. Its principles and buildings will be integrated into perform in quite a few settings, together with mental-health and social-service corporations, faculties, enterprises, and personal counseling and psychotherapy practices.
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In relationship with whatever forces I believe are larger than myself? The therapist’s role is not to attempt to provide answers to such questions, but to help the clients to expand and deepen the questions they are asking about their lives. The Ground of the Relationship The interpersonal relationship between therapist and client is the ground of any therapeutic encounter. This is the I-Thou relationship of Martin Buber (1970). The relationships among members and leaders of a group provide the container within which personal work can be done in that context.
There are periods of great visible generativity, like spring, and periods of slow growth or decline. There are also wintering times when the creative process is dormant or activity is present but not visible. In artistic expression, too, the process is a cyclical one. Many writers have elaborated the “stages” of creativity and innovation. One useful structure for considering the cyclical nature of artistic creating comes from the work of the Appalachian Expressive Arts Collective (2003). In Expressive Arts Therapy: Creative Process in Art and Life, the authors propose a five-stage model of creative process.
Carl Rogers (1951) and many others have written extensively about the importance of creating a facilitative relationship in therapy. Rogers felt that the therapist’s ability to facilitate the relationship with the client through empathy, respect, and unconditional positive regard was the most important factor in therapeutic success. The ability to create and maintain such relationships takes intention, personal qualities, skills and practice. What is done in therapy, that is, the specific techniques and methods used, is less important than the attitude that stands behind the work.