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EXPRESSIVE THERAPIES. Malchiodi, C. A. (Ed.), New York: Guilford Press, 2004, $30.00.
The limitations of talk-therapy have been well documented in research, particularly in trauma-based research (van der Kolk, McFarlane, & Weisaeth, 1996), where it has been found that traumatic memories are encoded differently in the brain, making it difficult to access them solely through verbal means. Expressive Therapiesaddresses this issue by providing information useful to new and more experienced clinicians on the ways that creative forms, such as art, poetry, and sandtray (which do not rely on verbal means alone) can be utilized in treatment. The book begins with a very clear description of the history, theory, and practice of expressive therapies written by the editor, Cathy A. Malchiodi. The depth and breadth of expressive therapies is then reflected in the content of the following chapters written by experts and pioneering practitioners in the field. This includes chapters on art therapy,...
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