Trauma can easily evoke intense feelings that are difficult to speak about. The arts are extremely useful for approaching hard topics. They add possibilities for embodied healing, aesthetic value, and needed emotional distance. They soften taboo topics in ways that direct discussion cannot.
This course offers clinical examples and various suggestions for how to use the arts, imagination, and spirituality to support sufferers of trauma. We draw upon various modalities, including dreamwork, improvisation, theater, visual arts, I-Thou presence, fractal interconnection, and other spiritual avenues.
Leanne Domash, PhD is a psychologist/psychoanalyst, playwright and Embodied Imagination practitioner. She has had a life-long interest in the creative process and has written and/or presented nationally and internationally on art, architecture, writing, wit and humor, theater, and spirituality as they intersect with the psychotherapeutic process. She recently published “Imagination, Creativity and Spirituality: Welcome to Wonderland” (Routledge, 2021). Leanne is Clinical Consultant, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; Voluntary Psychologist, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, NY, NY; and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY, NY.
Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica, California. She is adjunct professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute and at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Terry conducts workshops and trainings nationally and internationally in clinical intuition, creativity, interpersonal neurobiology and nonlinear science. She is a prolific author and editor, including Mythic Imagination Today (Brill, 2021) and A Fractal Epistemology for a Scientific Psychology (Cambridge Scholars, 2020). She illustrates her own books, co-curates a yearly psychotherapist art exhibition, “Mirrors of the Mind: The Psychotherapist as Artist”, and attempts to maintain balance in life with piano, ballet, and yoga.