EXPRESSIVE ARTS FOCUSING EAF


Expressive Arts Focusing EAF is a body-focused approach in the field of the Expressive Arts rooted in the Experiential Approach


EAF interventions are intermodal, process oriented, person-centered and trauma-informed.  Visual Art interventions play a significant role in the session

 

Visual aesthetics are therapeutic in themselves. They provide a sense of beauty and wellbeing through reception. Visual art exercises imply hands on activities that connect to the body. They allow sensual and kinesthetic experiences that provide a safe container for the client

 

Expressive Arts Focusing EAF is intentional. The experiential process of the client starts with an intention set up. The intention might be non-specific like finding some stress release or resiliance


The intention set up phase implies to bodily slow down, get grounded and come to presence through therapeutic guidance before starting with the arts. Our clients benefit from different kinds of guiding methods:

Expressive Arts Focusing EAF is a meta-therapeutic approach promoting health, personal growth and existential wellbeing. Expressive Arts Focusing  modalities can be taken into focus in whatever kind of setting. The process can stay within the frame of a therapeutic school or shift to Focusing Oriented Therapy FOT or Focusing Oriented Expressive Arts FOAT®


... making art from your body sense

Methods of EAF

Expressive Arts Focusing EAF uses various artistic approaches and artistic tools for best practice:

Application:

  • EAF in Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy FOT
  • EAF in Existential Well-being Counseling
  • EAF based Art Therapy
  • EAF in Coaching and Continuing Education

Ressources come first

The main ressource comes from within. There is a part in everyone that is artist and healer

Inviting this part implies

  • allowing the body to breath
  • turning intention inside
  • inviting whatever comes
  • being acepting and nonjudgmental
  • asking and receiving
  • resonating with the body sense
  • giving permission to express

Benefits

  • becoming more alive
  • finding comfort and sefety
  • finding release from trauma
  • feeling connected and in focus
  • finding peace inside
  • growing in awareness

Artistic Sources

Bilateral Body Mapping/Guided Drawing®: Releasing trauma and intense feelings of pain, anger and fear

 

Dream Illustration: Capturing inner pictures that cannot be expressed through words

 

Expressive Portraits: Healing through mirroring and the artistic expression itself

 

Experiential Collaging and Phototherapy:

Finding meaning through image making

 

Embodied Doodling: Energizing the body and releasing stress

 

Contemplative Botanical Drawing and Hand Lettering:  Calming down and easing the mind

 

Magic Book Journaling and Cosmic Smash Booking: setting up intentions and processing unclear emotions

 

Body based Abstract Painting:

Enhancing intuition through the body sense

Methods in Action

Personcentred Intermodal Art Therapy

The Creative Connection with Nathalie Rogers, PhD, REAT

Focusing Oriented Expressive Arts FOAT®

FOAT® with Laury Rappaport, PHD, MFT, REAT, ART-BC

FOAT® is a mindfulness based approach for positive growth and change, integrating Focusing and the Expressive Arts. FOAT® applications are supported by publications, books and research

Sensorimotor Expressive Arts Therapy® |

Guided Drawing®

GD® with Cornelia Elbrecht, BA. MA. (ART Ed), AthR, SEP

Guided Drawing® is a body-focused and trauma-informed practise, using mindfulness, sensory awareness and trust in the guidance from within



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EAF in Coaching and Continuing Education

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

 

Coaches and trainees can find real life solutons 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 congitive and emotion-based schemes

 

Empathic curiosity for differences (Geiser) and clearing a space through the arts (Rappaport) are the main therapeutic principles here

 

Aesthetic empathy is another principle applied. Aesthetic empathy transforms the process of art making itself

 

To handle art materials and art techniques the coachees and trainees are introduced to experimental exercises of the German 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 through one of the FOCUSZ websites https://expressive-arts-focusing.jimdosite.com/ on August 7th 2019. 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 US, 2021), our brand encompassess more than spontaneous expressive arts activities that can or cannot lead to Focusing

 

Expressive Art Focusing EAF starts with the body. It is intentional in the way that it implies a guided process preparing the client for art activities-in-presence. The approach is combining process-oriented methods of Body Therapy, 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 the 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


EAF Testimonies

Your webinar has done me an awful lot of good. I haven't felt as comfortable, free and light hearted for ages as I do now after the course. I just wanted to tell you that, and thank you very much

Lore

 

So honestly presented - thank you very much for this beneficial, strengthening offer

Astrid, person-centered counselor

 

The webinar war so valuable for me. Your calmness and sovereignty did me good. Thanks for everything, and the encouragement.

Sabine, remedial nurse

 

Despite the online distance (and this is quite amazing for me) I felt very comfortable and safe. Your empathic, clear and soothing instructions and exercises have done me a lot of good

Helena

 

The exercises were really good for me. I am now in focus. Thank you!

Anna, trauma-therapist

 

After the webinar I worked on my picture a few more times ... playing with it, discovering more. Everything I found was so valuable. Thanks again for the afternoon!

Gertrud, pediatric therapist

 

It is so exciting to see how you are bringing something to life that you feel exactly is on at this very moment and thereby accompany other people

Gaby, teacher

 

The workshop opened up new spaces I had never created before. I painted new outlooks and found new possibilities. My stress did go away and the mood improved - thank you!

Elena, psychologist

 

I was surprised that focusing helped me to focus on my inner sensation, to reveal the discomfort in my body and that the body itself knows and answers my request. And third, I was surprised that the answer was on the surface. It was like I didn't want to notice it and drove it out of my awareness. Now I feel connected. Thank you

Lisa, student


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