This integrative and creative expressive arts therapy course builds on the teaching on the Certificate. It therefore includes creative and arts therapy ideas from the Gestalt, Jungian and Transpersonal psychotherapeutic schools, as well as spiritual traditions such as Buddhism and Gnosticism. As a result, this breadth of knowledge and felt experience allows us to go to deeper levels in our client work. It also gives us ways to nurture and support ourselves as therapists and as people.
This expressive arts therapy course concentrates on the ideas of Alchemy , which is the concept of changing ourselves from ‘lead’ to ‘gold’ on a psychological and spiritual level. We will also relate this to trauma models (e.g. the work of Bessel van der Kolk and Babette Rothschild). In particular, we will explore the belief that our bodies hold suppressed feelings and memories. Forms of creative expressive arts therapy can therefore help us to release these feelings in a kind and loving way. So, there will be self-process and group work on this course.