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Art Therapy

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_9124-2
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Art therapy refers to the use of art as a central modality in psychoanalytic and psychosomatic treatment. Psychoanalytic clinicians may use this therapy as an important form of expression in treatment through techniques that allow patients (and their caregivers) to express themselves and their emotions in health-seeking pursuits. In clinical consultation sessions and illness diagnosis, art therapy provides a chance for afflicted people to express themselves and facilitate communication of unspoken experience of physical and psychological distress. The experience of illness and other forms of suffering may lack language equivalents for their expression, which art therapy have the potential to adequately represent. Conceptualizations of art therapy also reflect perceived connection between artistic engagement and efficacious alleviation of psychosocial and biological infirmities (Stuckey and Nobel 2010).

Therapy in Art

The word therapy derives from the Latin term therapia, originally...

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Therapeutic Process Expressive Writing Holistic Health Creative Effort Illness Appeal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Sciences; Anthropology UnitThe Catholic University of Eastern AfricaNairobiKenya