The Story Within - Myth and Fairy Tale in Therapy

The Story Within - Myth and Fairy Tale in Therapy

The Story Within - Myth and Fairy Tale in Therapy

The Story Within - Myth and Fairy Tale in Therapy


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Somewhere hidden in the depths of each story lies a treasure waiting to be discovered...

This creative arts therapies approach uses myth and fairy tale to explore personal challenges. Clients begin by choosing a myth or fairy tale character they feel drawn to, but don't know why. They and their chosen character then embark on a guided creative journey that leads them to discover hidden, unconscious, aspects of themselves.

The process is holistic, using all the arts. In addition to explaining the theoretical background of this approach, the book provides detailed step-by-step instructions for readers to follow for their own personal exploration, including specific creative exercises at each stage, and guidelines for using the approach with clients. Also included are clinical case vignettes, reflections from people who have experienced the process, and the authors own personal journey.

Whether you are a creative arts therapist seeking to expand your practice, or a health professional searching for a new, creative way of working with clients, The Story Within is an exciting new resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784508944
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 04/21/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 256
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Yehudit Silverman, M.A. R-DMT, RDT, is a Creative Arts Therapist, and former Chair of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies, Concordia University, Montreal. She created The Story Within method out of her clinical practice and has been teaching it to graduate students for over 20 years. An award-winning documentary filmmaker, (with a companion film of this approach) she has screened her films on television, cinemas, conferences, and Universities. She received several federal and provincial grants to work on issues around suicide, and interfaith arts dialogue. She leads workshops, trainings, creative rituals, and presentations internationally.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Creative Arts Therapies, Creative Projection, and Aesthetic Distance
3. Creative DNA and Perception Differences
4. Stages of Creative Process
5. Therapeutic Guidelines
Compassion, empathy, imperfection
Comfort and ability to work with story, myth and metaphor
Comfort with no interpretation, no agenda, entering the unknown
Comfort with creative process
The power of being a witness and containment
Safety First
Attention and Intention
6. Elements in Myths, Fairy Tales, Traditional Stories
7. How to go through the steps

1. Encounter
2. Chaos and Order
3. Finding the Story/Telling the Story
4. Making a Mask
5. Placing and Embodying the Mask
6. Finding the Moment
7. Soundscape
8. Environment
9. Directing Someone Else
10. Obstacle and Helper
11. The Edge
12. Final Presentation/Ritual
13. Afterwards
PART III: Alumni Writings
PART IV: Additional Resources, Training

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