Raising Self-Esteem in Adults: An Eclectic Approach With Art therapy, CBT and DBT Based Techniques


Self-esteem is the building block of therapy and wellness and is crucial in overcoming depression and anxiety and in leading a fulfilling, functional life. Filled with hundreds of practical activities to help clients build their self-esteem as they become increasingly mindful and self-aware, this book contains a rich assortment of approaches from art therapy, dialectical behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapy. The innovative and established methods examined in the book are based on sound, evidence-based techniques, illustrated with real client experiences, to help therapists gain a greater understanding of how the approaches take effect.

This is an essential resource of activities for all art therapists, as well as counsellors, psychologists, other mental health professionals and social workers interested in using art therapy techniques in their work. It is appropriate for use with a wide variety of clients and patients, including those suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.


  • Introduction.
  • 1. Art Therapy.
  • 2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  • 3. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
  • 4. Mindfulness.
  • 5. Self-Awareness.
  • 6. Self-Care.
  • 7. Reflective Writing.
  • 8. Diverse Directives.
  • 9. Advice on How to Lead a Healthier, Happier, More Fulfilling Life.
  • References.
  • Index.
Author Bio:
Susan Buchalter is a senior clinical therapist at the University Medical Centre at Princeton. She is a certified art therapist, licensed professional counselor, and certified group psychotherapist, and has over 30 years’ experience of leading art therapy and psychotherapy groups.
Susan Buchalter’s book offers art therapists a broad range of practical exercises and techniques for enhancing self-esteem in adults. Practitioners may find this book a useful resource, particularly when applied alongside more directive approaches such as CBT and DBT.