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The Artist as Therapist


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Acknowledgments. Preface. PART I: THEORY AND TECHNIQUE. 1. A Theoretical Overview. 2. Technique as a Mirror of Theory. 3. Holding Environment as frame for Theory and Technique, by Art Robbins, Betty Costa, Pia Mitchel and Michaela Rowan. 4. Aesthetics of Healing within the Inner Representational World, by Art Robbins and Priscilla Rogers. 5. Materials as an Extension of the Holding Environment, by Art Robbins and Donna Goffia-Girasek. 6. The Institution as a Holding Environment for the Therapist, by Beth Gonzalez Dolginko and Art Robbins. 7. The Use of Visual Perception as an Aide in Planning Short-Term Treatment Goals. PART II: CLINICAL APPLICATIONS. 8. Transference and Countertransference within the Schizoid Phenomenon. 9. Regeneration of the Potential Life Space of the Antitherapeutic Patient. 10. A Study in the Aesthetics of Pain, Rage, Loss and Reintegration. 11. A Final Word. Appendix. References. Index.

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In this classic text Art Robbins explores the role of the art therapist in integrating aesthetics and psychodynamics into the therapeutic process

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Art Robbins EdD is Professor of Art Therapy at the Pratt Institute and a Founding Director of the Institute of Expressive Analysis. He is on the board of directors of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis and has been on the faculty for over thirty years. He is also a New York State licensed psychologist and a graduate certified psychoanalyst. His other books include Between Therapists: The Processing of Transference/Countertransference Material; Therapeutic Presence: Bridging Expression and Form; and A Multi-Modal Approach to Creative Art Therapy, all available from Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


A work of great potential value for practitioners trained not only in the creative arts, for it talks more broadly about the artist in everyone, and points the way towards learning to apply these universal qualities to our clinical work. -- Arts in Psychotherapy

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