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Art Therapy and Anger

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Professionals working in a range of clinical settings are regularly called upon to work with angry clients, and they may find their skills and resources for working with this powerful emotion limited. Art Therapy and Anger demonstrates how the non-verbal medium of art therapy provides an ideal outlet for the expression of thoughts and feelings that are too complex and painful to put into words, presenting a new and practical approach to dealing with this area of need.

Marian Liebmann argues that clients of all ages will benefit from the art-making process, which helps them to slow down and consider their emotions more calmly. The tangible product of their efforts allows clients to assess and react to what they have depicted, providing a lucid and safe framework for better understanding the causes and effects of their anger. This book draws together contributions from art therapists who work in a wide variety of contexts, including work with offenders, mental health clients, clients with brain injury and those with cancer, with the view of helping clients to manage their anger more constructively.

This positive, practical volume will be of great interest to art therapists and students, as well as practitioners working with angry clients in various fields such as mental health, probation, counselling and medicine.
  • Published: Jun 15 2008
  • Pages: 272
  • 229 x 150mm
  • ISBN: 9781843104254
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Press Reviews

  • Mental Health Nursing

    This book provides some very interesting but subjective reading. It offers anecdotal evidence in the form of many interesting case studies and progress that was made through the use of art therapy and, in some instances, music or cognitive behaviour therapy combined. It offers some useful assessment methods and detailed information about the interventions that were used to enable a variety of clients manage their anger more effectively. It also offers some food for thought in relation to the role and possibilities of art in care delivery. It is well written and easy to understand, offering examples to clarify the points it raises.
  • The British Association of Art Therapists

    This book is very timely in an age where both public and private manifestations of anger are demonstrated...we have an enlightening and useful series of essays on an important topic.
  • Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal

    I found Art Therapy and Anger to be a well organized and informative book on the use of art therapy with both children and adults struggling with issues of anger... There is an underlying thread of respect and reverence for working with clients and their anger.
  • The Midwest Book Review

    An invaluable set of insights and art therapy applications.
  • The Arts in Psychotherapy Journal

    When looking for resources to help clients use anger constructively and feeling frustrated by the paucity of said resources in the art therapy literature, don't get mad, don't get even (to paraphrase a popular saying). Get this book.