Subjective Experience of Art Therapists in the Treatment of Bereaved Clients

Dana Garti, Michal Bat Or

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This study explores the subjective experience of art therapists who work with bereaved clients. Eight art therapists were given an art-based task and completed a semistructured interview. Qualitative analysis revealed 3 themes conceived in axes: (a) facilitating emotional expressiveness and control, (b) fluctuating between presence and absence of client’s art, and (c) maneuvering between intuitive and theory-based interventions. The last axis incorporated the wounded healer aspect. The findings describe how art therapists use the creative process, honor imagery, and determine their interventions to effectively work with clients coping with grief.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-76
Number of pages9
JournalArt Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2019

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© 2019, © American Art Therapy Association (AATA) 2019.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology


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