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Somatic art therapy, alleviating pain and trauma through art, Johanne Hamel ; translated by Hélène Hamel

"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, Mylène Piché, 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"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half Title -- Endorsements -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- List of figures -- Foreword -- Acknowledgements -- List of abbreviations -- List of contributors -- Introduction -- PART I: Definitions -- 1. Somatic Art Therapy -- A brief history of humanist art therapy -- Definition of somatic art therapy -- The limits of somatic art therapy -- 2. Chronic Pain -- Acute pain, chronic pain and suffering, a distinction -- Currently known treatments for chronic pain -- 3. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) -- Definition of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) -- PART II: An Overview of Art Therapy Treatments: An Overview -- 4. Art Therapy for PTSD and Chronic Pain: An Overview -- Art therapy treatments for chronic pain: Examples -- Art therapy and PTSD -- Art therapy protocols for PTSD treatments -- 5. Trauma Treatment: Eight Techniques for Art Therapists -- Abreaction techniques -- Motor reaction de-freezing techniques -- Intense emotional expression techniques -- Affect restoration techniques -- Stress reduction and relaxation techniques -- Safe haven techniques -- Identity reconstruction techniques -- Personal integrity restoration techniques -- PART III: Theoretical Concepts -- 6. Hypotheses About Art Therapy Effectiveness -- The power of images to facilitate abreaction -- Right brain stimulation -- Isomorphism -- Objectification -- Containment -- Security -- 7. Dissociative Processes in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders -- Levine's somatic dissociation: The SIBAM model -- Van der Kolk's somatic memory -- Scaer's procedural memory -- 8. Neuroscience and Somatic Art Therapy: Emotional Memory Reconsolidation -- Emotional memory -- Memory consolidation and reconsolidation -- Emotional avoidance -- The prerequisites in psychotherapy -- Identifying the symptom -- Identifying a symptom: case example
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (174 pages), illustrations
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