Using clay in therapy taps into the most fundamental of human experiences - touch. This book is a comprehensive step-by-step training manual that covers all aspects of 'Work at the Clay Field', a sensorimotor-based art therapy technique. The book discusses the setting and processes of the approach, provides an overview of the core stages of Gestalt Formation and the Nine Situations model within this context, and demonstrates how this unique focus on the sense of touch and the movement of the hands is particularly effective for trauma healing in adults and children. The intense tactile experience of working with clay allows the therapist to work through early attachment issues, developmental setbacks and traumatic events with the client in a primarily nverbal way using a body-focused approach. The kinaesthetic motor action of the hands combined with sensory perception can lead to a profound sense of resolution with lasting therapeutic benefits. With photographs and informative case studies throughout, this book will be a valuable resource for art therapists and mental health professionals, and will also be of interest to complementary therapists and bodyworkers.
Cornelia Elbrecht graduated with an MA in Art Education in Germany in 1974. In the following decade she trained in Gestalt Therapy, Bioenergetics and in various arts therapies at the School for Initiatic Therapy in the Black Forest, Germany and underwent a 10 year Jungian Analysis. She has worked as a registered art therapist for the past 35 years in Germany and Australia. She is director of the School for Initiatic Art Therapy in Victoria, Australia, and teaches art therapy internationally.