Handbook of Expressive Arts Therapy


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This authoritative and comprehensive volume explains how to integrate movement, sound, art, play, imagery, drama, and other multisensory practices into psychotherapy. Cathy A. Malchiodi and other leading experts demonstrate ways to combine a wide range of expressive approaches to help clients explore feelings and thoughts that are often difficult to access verbally. Rich case examples illustrate what these modalities look like in action, providing readers with strategies they can readily apply in work with individuals of all ages. The book interweaves theory and research with practical recommendations for implementing expressive arts therapy to enhance communication and to support regulation, attachment, trauma recovery, and sensory integration.


  • I. Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy
  • 1. What is Expressive Arts Therapy?, Cathy A. Malchiodi
  • 2. Frameworks for Expressive Arts Therapy, Cathy A. Malchiodi
  • 3. Attunement in Expressive Arts: Attachment, Rhythm, Resonance, and Embodied Empathy, Mitchell Kossak
  • 4. Bridging Arts and Science in Expressive Arts Therapy, Patricia Leavy
  • II. Core Practices and Methodology
  • 5. The Integrative Process of Expressive Arts Therapy, Karen Estrella
  • 6. Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy, Sue Ann Herron
  • 7. Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts Therapy, Laury Rappaport
  • 8. Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, Cathy A. Malchiodi
  • 9. Playing through an Expressive Lens, Renee Turner
  • 10. Narrative Expressive Arts Therapy, Shoshana Simons
  • 11. Expressive Arts Therapy and Mindfulness, Karin von Daler
  • III. Integrating the Expressive Arts in Therapy
  • 12. Sandtray and Expressive Arts in Child Psychotherapy: Using Play as a Neural Exercise, Theresa Kestly
  • 13. Bilateral Body Mapping with Guided Drawing, Cornelia Elbrecht
  • 14. Meeting the Moment: Music Therapy as Part of Arts-Focused Hospice Care, Laura E. Beer
  • 15. Polyvagal-Informed Dance/Movement Therapy: Dance and Music on the Creative Continuum with Survivors of Trauma, Amber Elizabeth L. Gray
  • 16. The Dancing Mindfulness Approach to Expressive Arts Therapy: Trauma-Focused Solutions for Group and Individual Settings, Jamie Marich
  • 17. Integrative Drama Therapy in the Treatment of Trauma: Matching Aesthetic Properties to Patient Needs, Craig Haen
  • 18. Integrating Creative Writing and Expressive Arts, Suzan Lemont

Editor Bio:

Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT, is a psychologist and expressive arts therapist specializing in trauma recovery. Since the 1990s, Dr. Malchiodi has worked with traumatized children, adolescents, adults, and families, expanding the range of understanding of nonverbal, sensory-based concepts and methods. Founder and executive director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, Dr. Malchiodi has given over 700 invited keynotes, lectures, and workshops around the world, and has assisted more than 500 organizations and institutions in developing trauma-informed, expressive arts, and disaster relief programming. Her books include Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy, Understanding Children’s Drawings, and Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children, Second Edition. Dr. Malchiodi is a contributing writer for Psychology Today, an active visual artist, and an aspiring musician.


“Malchiodi and colleagues elegantly describe how expressive arts therapy can facilitate healing of brain, mind, and body, by fostering social connection, emotion regulation, rhythm, and play. These approaches have been used for centuries and have the ability to aid in healing traumatized individuals and communities. A ‘must read’!” – Ruth A. Lanius, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario, Canada