Methods

Focusing Oriented Expressive Arts FOAT® - in  action

by  Laury Rappaport, PHD, MFT, REAT, ART-BC

A self-empowering mindfulness based method for positive growth and change including clinical and non-clinical applications supported by publications, books and research

Personcentred Expressive Arts Therapy  - tools

by Nathalie Rogers, PhD, REAT

Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapy - tools

by Paolo Knill and Stephen K. Levine

Sensorimotor Expressive Arts Therapy | Guided Drawing® - in action

by Cornelia Elbrecht, BA. MA. (ART Ed), AthR, SEP

A body-focused and trauma-informed method for self-regulation and recovery from trauma 

Experiential Collaging 

by Prof. Akira Ikemi

Photo Art Therapy - tools

by Prof. Kathrin Seifert 

Receptive Art Therapy

Art Therapy using interactive strategies of Museum Pedagogy

Application in Psychotherapy and Education  

Trauma-informed EXA - tools 

by Cathy Malchiodi 

PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT 

Bauhaus Art Pedagogy

Exercises of the Bauhaus Founders

Art of Embodiment     

Focusing with the Whole Body, Tree-Breathing GFK, Biosynthesis

Benefits

Becoming more alive

finding comfort and safety

finding release from trauma 

feeling connected and in focus

finding peace inside

growing in awareness

APPLICATION

Expressive Arts Focusing EAF in Counseling, Coaching & Continuing Education 

Stoppages and dead-end situations in non-clinical settings highly benefit from imaginary space and alternative world experiences

Coachees and trainees can find real life solutions through unexpected and unpredictable experiences that are affective, sensory based and playful 

Expressive Arts Focusing EAF brings about such  experiences. Focusing and the Arts are powerful tools to open up and transform structure-bound experiencing and cognitive and emotion-based schemes over time

Empathic curiosity for differences (Geiser) and clearing a  space through the arts (Rappaport) are the main therapeutic principles being put into practice here. Aesthetic empathy is another useful principle as it transforms the process of art making itself. 

To handle art materials and art techniques coachees and trainees are introduced to experimental exercises of the Bauhaus Founders 

All art activities are fascilitated by the professional but start from the body sense of the coachee or trainee. Their process is carried forward through circular loops of experiencing, expressing and finding new meaning. The outcome is improvement in self-regulation and self-restoring 

History of Expressive Arts Focusing EAF

The brand Expressive Arts Focusing EAF was originally created by the FOCUSZ Center and first released August 7th 2019 through this website https://expressive-arts-focusing.jimdosite.com/. The website was announced on the Expressive Arts Focusing Facebook site on April 6th 2020
   
Contrary to other usage of the term Expressive Arts Focusing (Rappaport, 2021), our brand encompassess more than spontaneous expressive arts activities without inner guidance, that can or cannot lead to Focusing
   
Expressive Art Focusing EAF is intentional in the way that it implies a guided process preparing the client's body and mind for art activities-in-presence. The  approach is combining process-oriented methods of Body Therapy with Receptive Art Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Existential Wellbeing Counseling and Intermodal Focusing Plus

Intermodal Focusing Plus is a specific Focusing style of the German-Swiss Focusing Network FN designed for to explore and process structure-bound patterns. Intermodal Focusing Plus uses the range of all modalities and implies energetic body work and person-centered body exercises as tools

Intermodal Focusing Plus is rooted in the work of early pioneers of the Focusing Network FN, formerly International Focusing Network IFN founded in 1981, who started publishing in 1982. Their ideas and practices have been extended and revised multiple times in collaboration with the GFK Institute for Body Therapy, Focusing and Person-centred Psychotherapy Zurich CH
   
Publications of the IFN and GFK founder Ernst Juchli, GFK co-founder Christiane Geiser, Hans-Ulrich Schlünder (FN) and other FN/GFK co-writers continued from the early days till today. Their articles, essays and creative writing projects resulted in two books published by the GFK Institute Zurich and the Swiss Association for Psychotherapy SGfK in 2017

Intermodal Focusing Plus is embedded in 40 years of European Focusing tradition and esssential training guideline for The FOCUSZ Center since 1995

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