Therapeutic qualities of clay-work in art therapy and psychotherapy: A review

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The aim of this article is to identify and define the diagnostic and therapeutic qualities of clay-work in contemporary conceptualization (attachment theory, object relations, and psychoanalytic theory). Three central features of clay-work are highlighted: (1) procedural expression through touch, movement, and the three-dimensional aspect; (2) the reflection of construction and deconstruction processes; and (3) the regression process. The authors differentiate six therapeutic factors that emerged from a review of the literature: facilitating expression of emotions, catharsis, rich and deep expressions, verbal communication, revealing unconscious material, and concretization and symbolization. Short case examples of therapeutic processes are described to illustrate these ideas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-72
Number of pages7
JournalArt Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology


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