Tessa Dalley, Barrie Damarell


The three theoretical papers and an interview with an experienced American art therapist by a leading art therapist from the Czech Republic provide strong international contributions with diverse and different approaches in this issue. Interesting and enlightening, using some rich images, there is a shared theme of self-reflection and, to some extent, self-discovery. Each of the papers explores some aspect of a personal experience and how this contributes to clinical experience and professional understanding. Counter transference response to the dynamics within the therapeutic relationship and the art work made in the sessions forms one of the cornerstones of our work as art therapists. These papers highlight the importance of being open to explore personal responses and experience using the art work and how this adds to the capacity for containment and emotional resonance with our clients and patients.

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