Healing Trauma with Guided Drawing: A Sensorimotor Art Therapy Approach to Bilateral Body Mapping
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A body-focused, trauma-informed art therapy that will appeal to art therapists, somatic experiencing practitioners, bodyworkers, artists, and mental health professionals

While art therapy traditionally focuses on therapeutic image-making and the cognitive or symbolic interpretation of these creations, Cornelia Elbrecht instructs readers how to facilitate the body-focused approach of guided drawing. Clients draw with both hands and eyes closed as they focus on their felt sense. Physical pain, tension, and emotions are expressed without words through bilateral scribbles. Clients then, with an almost massage-like approach, find movements that soothe their pain, discharge inner tension and emotions, and repair boundary breaches. Archetypal shapes allow therapists to safely structure the experience in a nonverbal way. Sensorimotor art therapy is a unique and self-empowering application of somatic experiencing–it is both body-focused and trauma-informed in approach–and assists clients who have experienced complex traumatic events to actively respond to overwhelming experiences until they feel less helpless and overwhelmed and are then able to repair their memories of the past. Elbrecht provides readers with the context of body-focused, trauma-informed art therapy and walks them through the thinking behind and process of guided drawing–including 100 full-color images from client sessions that serve as helpful examples of the work.

10 reviews for Healing Trauma with Guided Drawing: A Sensorimotor Art Therapy Approach to Bilateral Body Mapping

  1. Lina
    December 18, 2023
    Fascinating therapy modality
    I highly recommend reading, l did a course and it was beneficial to read it before my course started.
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    Healing trauma
    May 14, 2023
    An excellent book
    Diagnosis during therapy
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    florence
    August 25, 2021
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    Kim Bennett
    November 30, 2020
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into body/mind connection
    Really interesting book that is helpful for therapy, especially when someone tunes out of their body sensations. It is also a way to add in playfulnes...More
    Really interesting book that is helpful for therapy, especially when someone tunes out of their body sensations. It is also a way to add in playfulness for those who haven't been creative in years. Well-written and well-organized with plenty of clear photographs to illustrate the process.
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    zephyrsquared
    May 14, 2020
    5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and very useful.
    Great book. I am an Art Therapist and work mainly with trauma survivors. Well written. Would recommend to others in my field.
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    Amazon Customer
    February 20, 2020
    5.0 out of 5 stars Item is as expected and received timely.
    Item is as expected and received timely.
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    mina loy
    October 18, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing results.
    Amazing!

    As a therapist I’ve been using Guided Drawing with clients to shut off their PTSD responses and have had success so far!
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    Tosha
    July 31, 2019
    good read
    super interesting read if you are interested in the subject matter. May be a bit dry to someone not invested in the material.
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    Heavy Reader
    May 11, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brain healing without words
    Practical use of art to bring emotional healing
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    rebecca stclair
    January 25, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    Amazing
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