Touching Clay, Touching What?: The Use of Clay in Therapy

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A Practical Guide to Clay Therapy

Author: Lynne Souter-Anderson

This book is about inclusiveness; promoting the use of clay; it encourages practitioners not necessarily trained in the creative and expressive arts to feel more confident in using clay as a medium in therapeutic sessions. Play therapists and those in training will find this book to be of particular use when working with children and adolescents.

The book is intended for all professionals working therapeutically with young children/adolescents; also with adults and couples; occupational therapists; those with diverse and disabled client bases; play therapists and trainees; creative arts workers; art therapists, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, supervisors, trainers.

Since clay is my favourite medium in my work with children, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read and comment on Touching Clay, Touching What?: The Use of Clay in Therapy. Very

little has been written about this medium for therapy and this book fills a much needed void.

It is a fine, important contribution.

Violet Oaklander Ph.D. Author

This book is a long awaited contribution to the Creative Arts Toolkit. An important addition to the Play Therapy literature.

Monika Jephcott President, Play Therapy International.

While of obvious relevance to trainees and practitioners working in art, play or drama therapy, the author’s journey returns the reader to the existential root of therapy – its concern with what it means to be human. For this reason alone, this is a book worthy of the attention of therapists from all theoretical backgrounds, while as a pioneering text on therapeutic use of clay it more than earns its place on the book-shelves of creative- minded practitioners.

Dr. Simon du Plock Head of the Doctoral Programme, Metanoia Institute, London.

This book weaves history, theory and real-life stories to create a wonderful counterpane of

vitality, but always grounded in personal experiences of working with clay within the therapy space. Throughout the journey, we are given illustrations from the author’s research making it a book that will inform, inspire and excite those who are interested in including clay as part of their therapeutic tool box. I couldn’t put it down.

Joy Hasler Music Therapist. Clinical Director of Catchpoint Adoption Support Agency.

  • Pages: 208 with numerous colour illustrations
  • Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 15 mm portrait
  • Weight: 0.620 kg