Expressive therapy promotes children's capacity to heal from early trauma by helping them process painful experiences over time at progressively more mature levels of understanding. Relying on excellent coping skills that have helped them survive, children in therapy are often invested in t talking due to the highly defended nature of their problems, or perhaps the need to protect a parent through silence. Alternative means of expression are often necessary. Dr. Klorer's work allows children to communicate intense feelings in ways that are natural to them, through art and play, t solely by verbalization.
P. Gussie Klorer, Ph.D., A.T.R., is the Director of the Graduate Art Therapy program at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She specializes in working with abused children residing in long-term treatment centers and foster homes. In her private practice, she works with children, adolescents, and families with a wide range of problems. She is on the Editorial Board of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, and is an invited speaker at colleges and universities across the country. Dr. Klorer is a registered art therapist and practicing artist, working in mixed media.