Somatic Art Therapy: Alleviating Pain and Trauma through Art

Author(s) : Johanne Hamel

Somatic Art Therapy: Alleviating Pain and Trauma through Art

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : May 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 184
  • Category :
    Expressive Arts Therapies
  • Catalogue No : 95624
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367903237
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367903
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This book focuses on somatic art therapy for treating acute or chronic pain, especially resulting from physical and/or psychological trauma. It discusses the role of the psyche in physical healing and encourages combining of traditional medicine and holistic perspectives in treatment.

Translated from the French text, this volume provides case studies and examples from the author's art psychotherapy practice of 40 years, including the four-quadrants method. Chapters review the current treatments for chronic pain and PTSD and focus on art therapeutic methods to treat those conditions, such as art therapy protocols for PTSD. The book exposes the underlying rational of somatic art therapy, covering art therapy effectiveness, Levine's somatic dissociation, van der Kolk's somatic memory, and Scaer's procedural memory concepts. Also featured are chapter contributions from art therapists Sophie Boudrias, Mylene Piche, and Dr. Patcharin Sughondhabirom.

By providing a unique, clear and concise synthesis of available art therapy methods this text will appeal both to the general and professional public, including professional art therapists, psychotherapists, helping relation professionals, and medical practitioners.

About the Author(s)

Johanne Hamel, DPs, psychologist and art psychotherapist, specializes in dreamwork and in somatic art therapy. She has been teaching art therapy for 20 years at Universite du Quebec en Abitibi-Temiscamingue and is currently an international lecturer in Thailand, the USA and Europe.

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