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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.

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

  1. Healing trauma
    May 14, 2023
    An excellent book
    Diagnosis during therapy
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    florence
    August 25, 2021
    parfait
    parfait
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    Jo Fraser
    May 16, 2021
    Worth buying
    Excellent information explaining theory and practice of guided drawing from a highly experienced and innovative international Art therapist
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    Anonymous
    March 17, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Use with a counselor
    Great tool to help control behavior patterns
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    Jayne Mcconkey
    March 2, 2021
    Excellent
    I have been reading this in line with doing the virtual 7 week training - so am getting even more out of the book as a result; but it is a clearly wri...More
    I have been reading this in line with doing the virtual 7 week training - so am getting even more out of the book as a result; but it is a clearly written and interesting book. And a big addition to the Art Therapy (sensorimotor) - 'bottom-up' approach, which has been a little lacking in the literature.
    I recommend it - and really recommend the course too!!
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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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    Perkyanne
    September 13, 2020
    5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Instructions and Tools for Focus and Organization
    I really like the format. It has helped to keep me focused and organized. You must follow the easy instructions for you to be successful. It is a grea...More
    I really like the format. It has helped to keep me focused and organized. You must follow the easy instructions for you to be successful. It is a great work book for use with a therapist.
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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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    Kianne
    January 25, 2020
    5.0 out of 5 stars ADD/CBT Only way!
    Great book. Shared with my CBT therapist and he’s ordering one to use in his practice. Love the workbook aspect of it. Helps me to stay on task.
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    CGG2007
    January 4, 2020
    5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by Psychologist
    My new therapist who practices ADHD CBT therapy recommended that I pick this book up for our sessions. It's an easy read and I feel like its truly a t...More
    My new therapist who practices ADHD CBT therapy recommended that I pick this book up for our sessions. It's an easy read and I feel like its truly a transparent way of looking at ADHD. I've practiced CBT in a group setting before and it was extremely helpful. With this I look forward to achieving that level of mindfulness.
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    My L.
    November 1, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars Yes
    This was extremely helpful. Would recommend to anyone struggling. consistency is the key.
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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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    Kathy
    September 16, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, informative
    My therapist recommended this for me to read! I have read and find it informative and educational!I never knew I had ADHD! By reading and studying and...More
    My therapist recommended this for me to read! I have read and find it informative and educational!
    I never knew I had ADHD! By reading and studying and tons of reflection I discovered I’ve been this way since I was a child!
    How freeing! Recommend this to anyone!
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    quinn hillerich
    August 16, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
    Easy reader when you have adhd! Has helped me organize my life so much.
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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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    Mary Elizabeth Schuring
    July 2, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
    Great book, very helpful
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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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    NYC_2014
    June 21, 2018
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
    Very good resource with practical suggestions.
    Well written.
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    Amber Marie
    March 29, 2018
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... for learning and improving myself as I have really bad ADHD. I like that it addresses that medication ...
    Really helpful for learning and improving myself as I have really bad ADHD. I like that it addresses that medication cannot take care of all of the sy...More
    Really helpful for learning and improving myself as I have really bad ADHD. I like that it addresses that medication cannot take care of all of the symptoms.
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