Chapter 1: Introduction and Context

This chapter on Body Image, Art Therapy, and Clay Work from Clay Work and Body Image in Art Therapy by Trisha Crocker and Susan M.D. Carr highlights the unique therapeutic value of clay work for women who experience body image issues. It synthesizes current knowledge from fields such as body image, clay work, neuroscience, and art therapy.

Case studies illustrate the benefits of clay work as an accessible resource which cultivates body image acceptance and self-compassion. Included are photographs of the study participants' emotive clay body image sculptures as well as their personal narratives.

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