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The Distinctive Role of Art Therapy for People Affected by Early Relational Trauma

18 May 2016

This article aims to explore the distinctive role of art psychotherapy intervention with clients with experience of early relational trauma, through the lens of interpersonal neurobiology.



 Why art psychotherapy? Through the lens of interpersonal neurobiology: The distinctive role of art psychotherapy intervention for clients with early relational trauma 

Chong, J. 2015. International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape


'The pathology and long-lasting effects of early relational trauma is explored, including brain damage, disruption to the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), prolonged states of hyper-arousal and dissociation'...

'The use of clay can provided an instant response and has the capacity to contain, absorb and slow down high impulse emotions. It can become a neutral container that unconditionally accepts and holds complex, abstract, non-verbal emotions expressed in an external tangible form'...


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