1st Edition

Integrative Arts Psychotherapy Using an Integrative Theoretical Frame and the Arts in Psychotherapy

Edited By Claire Louise Vaculik, Gary Nash Copyright 2023
    250 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is a new addition to the art therapy literature setting out an integrative approach to using theory and the arts, which places clients at the centre of practice and supports collaboration across the therapeutic journey. The structural framework described enables different theories, contemporary research, and best-practice guidelines to be used to inform therapy, allowing the practitioner to work fluidly and rigorously in response to their clients’ changing needs and therapeutic aims.

    Integrative arts psychotherapy brings therapeutic practice to life, as the use of the visual arts is enhanced by the possibilities offered for developing and deepening therapeutic work using sculpture/clay, drama/puppetry, poetry, sand play, music, and bodywork/movement. The work described in this book has grown from a British and European art therapy culture, community, and history – influenced by prominent American theorists.

    The book has been written for trainers, trainees, and practitioners of creative arts therapies, psychotherapy, and expressive arts therapies – nationally and worldwide. It may also be of interest to other professionals, or those in consultation with an art therapist, who want to understand what this type of art therapy can offer.

    Foreword by Shaun McNiff; Introduction; Part I Integrating the arts in psychotherapy: development of an integrative approach in the UK; 1. History and development of integrative arts psychotherapy in Britain, Claire Louise Vaculik, Dr Margot Sunderland & Graeme Blench; 2. Transformation across the art forms: Metamorphosis and motif, Marrianne Behm; Part II Ideas that help us to understand the use of the arts in psychotherapy and to work integratively; 3. Integrating theory and practice: A literature review of the arts in psychotherapy, Gary Nash; 4. The Six Therapeutic Relationships and the Arts: An integrative approach to using theory, research, and the creative arts in practice, Claire Louise Vaculik & Dr Vanja Orlans; Part III Creative integration in practice - working with individuals; 5. Hide and Seek: using the arts and the body to assist discovery and self-awareness, Tsafi Lederman; 6. Embodying metaphor: Visual arts, movement, and the body, Gary Nash; 7. Embodied sound: Voicing the voiceless Self, Hannah Rees; 8. Working in partnership with services users experiencing anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation in individual therapy: Using the therapeutic relationship framework as a model for integration, Jude Smit; 9. Online Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, Emma Cameron; Part IV Creative integration in practice - working with groups; 10. Self-reflective groups in action: Working with difference, politics, and the creative arts as a bridge for connection and taking up space, Anthea Benjamin; 11. Untold stories: The art of imagination in later life Storytelling and multi-modal arts psychotherapy on an older adult inpatient mental health ward, Rebecca Smart and Jack Eastwood; 12. Developing an Integrative Arts Psychotherapy group treatment model to support people with a dual diagnosis in residential rehab: RAFT (Recovery and Aftercare from Formative Trauma), Sarah Hall; Part V Reflections on an integrative approach and innovations in practice; 13. Collaboration, co-design, and co-production: Perspectives on art as therapy and service user involvement in assessment, treatment planning, evaluation, and research, Daniel Regan, with Jude Smit and Claire Louise Vaculik; 14. Integrative research: Using art to research art, Gary Nash; 15. Creative and collaborative approaches to researching Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, Dr Marie Adams


    Claire Louise Vaculik (née Leyland) is an HCPC-registered art therapist and UKCP-registered Gestalt psychotherapist. She is Programme Director of the MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and Chair of the British Association of Art Therapists.

    Gary Nash, Dip AT, MAAT, is a HCPC-registered art therapist. Gary co-founded the London Art Therapy Centre in 2009, where he is a practitioner-researcher. He is a visiting lecturer at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and the University of Hertfordshire. He is co-editor of Environmental Arts Therapy (2020).

    'This book is a lively mixture of theoretical and philosophical reflections supported by a selection of examples showing the model of integrative arts psychotherapy in practice. It makes an important contribution to the profession of art therapy/art psychotherapy especially regarding the history of the profession and the development of education and training, standards of proficiency and ethics.'
    Diane Waller, OBE, MA(RCA) DPhil Dip Psych FRSA Emeritus Professor of Art Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths University of London. She is Hon. President of the British Association of Art Therapists, registered Art Psychotherapist with the HCPC and Group Analytic Psychotherapist with UKCP

    'If a training programme dealing with the integration of the arts in therapy is going to organize itself according to a particular theory of practice, what could be more appropriate than this book’s emphasis on integrating all the arts, the whole of life and psychotherapeutic methods, and with a primary focus on the sanctity and primacy of therapeutic relationships coupled with a sensitivity to context?'
    Shaun McNiff, Professor Emeritus, Lesley University

    'This book traces the history and development of an innovative approach to the arts therapies. It offers a glimpse into a lively and imaginative way of working in clinical practice with diverse client groups. Creatively engaging and wide-ranging chapters demonstrate flexibility in the application of the arts. This complements the traditional, single art psychotherapy models. It will be of interest to students, professionals and all who are curious about the work of IATE.'
    Joy Schaverien, PhD, Jungian psychoanalyst, author of The Revealing Image: Analytical Art Psychotherapy in Theory and Practice

    'Too little has been written about integrative and arts influenced psychotherapy, but this volume turns that tide. We hear from a range of gifted and experienced clinicians and see how such work is informed by solid theory, new science, and research. We gain a window on to how ideas informed by the creative process, as well as trauma theory, can be used in the consulting room with moving effect. Particularly fascinating are the glimpses into the therapy space, including beautiful and profoundly meaningful drawings and sandtrays. Therapists and trainees of all denominations will have much to learn from this book.'
    Graham Music (PHD), Consultant Psychotherapist Tavistock Centre, London and author Nurturing Children (2019), The Good Life (2014), Nurturing Natures (2018) and Respark (2022)