Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 91–94 | Cite as

The Dance as Metaphor

  • Claudia Gafford Stiles


In this narrative case example the story form is used as a device to involve an emotionally and sexually abused youngster in the therapeutic process. Through metaphor and imagery she discovers the link which allows her to move from her bleak and lonely world into a search for beauty, hope, and survival and finally, the celebration of her strong and violated young body.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Gafford Stiles
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  1. 1.Special Education Teacher in the Child and Youth Services AdministrationCMHSWashington, D.C.USA

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