Expressive Arts Therapies

Art Therapy

Brooker, M. R. (2015). Focusing and art as ways to explore the implicit and non-verbal aspects of women's abortion experiences. Outskirts Online Journal (32), pp. 1-14.

Ikemi, A., Yano, K., Miyake, M, & Matsuoka, S. (2007). Experiential Collage Work: Exploring Meaning in Collage from a Focusing-Oriented Perspective in Journal of Japanese Clinical Psychology 25(4):464-475.

Leijssen, M.(1992). Experiential focusing through drawing. The Folio, Fall 1992

Merkur, B. (1997). Focusing-Using-Art With Adolescents. The Folio. Vol 16, No. 1-2, pp. 51-54

Rappaport, L. (2009). Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy: Accessing the Body's Wisdom and Creative Intelligence. London & PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Rappaport, L. (2008). Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy. The Folio, Vol. 21, No.1, pp.139-155.

Rappaport, L. (1988). Focusing And Art Therapy. The Focusing Connection, Vol. V, No. 3, May, 1988.

Rappaport, L. (2006). Focusing and Art Therapy: Bridging Inner and Outer Experiences of Creativity.  The Focusing Institute Newsletter, Vol. Vi, No. 3, Sep, 2006

Rappaport, L. (2006). Clearing A Space: Expressing the Wholeness Within Using Art.  Unpublished article; excerpts from book,  Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy.

Rappaport, L. (1998). Focusing and art therapy: tools for working through post- traumatic stress disorder, A Journal for Focusing and Experiential Therapy,17 (1), 36-40.

Rappaport, L. (1993). Focusing with art and creative movement: a method for stress management, The Focusing Connection, X(2),1-3

Santen, B. (2007). Into the Fear Factory: Treating Children of Trauma with Body Maps. The Folio, Vol. 20, No.1, pp.60-78.

Stapert, M. and Verliefde, E. (2008). Focusing with Children - The art of communicating with children at school and at home. Ross-On-Wye, UK: PCCS Books.

Thurow, A.J. Interactional Squiggle drawings with children: An illustration of the therapeutic change process.

Tsuchie, S. (2003). Our Internal Weather. The Focusing Institute Newsletter, Vol 3, No.1.

Yuba, N. and Murayama, Sh. (1988).  Clearing a Space with Drawing in Play Therapy. The Focusing Folio, Vol.7,  No.1, 1988


Groddeck, N. Focusing und Kunsttherapie


Leijssen, Mia. Focusing experiencial a través del dibujo. Experiential Focusing Through Drawing. The Folio: A Journal for Focusing and Experiential Therapy,Volume 11, Nº3, 1992, pp. 35-40. Traducción: Denisse Domínguez Cortés. Revisión: Luis Robles Campos.

Movement and Dance Therapy

(For additional information, visit the Movement and Body page)

Chutroo, B. Meet Your Body - Bringing Authentic Movement to Focusing.

Writing and Poetry Therapy

Finch, M. Focusing and the Making of a Poem. The Focusing Folio, Vol. 5, No.3, 88-95

Klein, J., Psy.D. Chapter Two: I Have Ears inside My Stomach, Inside-Me Stories "Something is Happening Inside-Me!" Teacher's combined edition. Volume One: Grades 3-5 and Volume Two: Grades 1-2. The INside-People Press, 1998 (Revised Feb. 2000).

Composing Guidelines by Sondra Perl, professor of English at Herbert Lehmann College and founder of the New York City Writing Project. Felt Sense: Writing in the Body

Smith, D. Writing the River: Experiential Journaling

Drama Therapy, Psychodrama, and Theater

Seibel, M. (2003). The Theatre And Focusing: A Double Process. The Focusing Institute Newsletter.

Wislesky, J. (2007).  From Fear To Freedom - How Creative Alternatives Theatre Can Help Overcome Self-stigmatization. The Folio, Vol. 20, No.1, pp.122-129

Integrated Expressive Arts Therapy

Klagsbrun,J., Rappaport, L. Marcow-Speiser,,V. Post, P., Stepakoff, S. Karman, S. (2005). Focusing and Expressive Arts Therapy as a Complementary Treatment for Women with Breast Cancer in Journal of Creativity and Mental Health. Vol. 1, No.1, 107-137.

Play Therapy
(Also visit the Focusing and Children page.)

Marder, D. (1997). Sarah: Focusing and Play Therapy with a 6 year Old Girl. The Focusing Folio, Vol. 16, Nos. 1-2, 75-80.

Marder, D. (1988). Rainbows and Dinosaurs: Focusing on Positive Qualities of a Child The Focusing Connection, Vol.V, No.4

Neagu, G. (1986). Focusing and Play Therapy. The Focusing Folio, Vol.5, nr.2

Articles by Eugene Gendlin on Creativity and Imagery

Gendlin, E.T. (1980). Imagery is more powerful with focusing: Theory and practice. In J.E. Shorr, G.E. Sobel, P. Robin, J.A. Connella (Eds.), Imagery. Its many dimensions and applications, pp. 65-73. New York/London: Plenum Press.

Gendlin, E.T. (1981). Focusing and the development of creativity. The Focusing Folio, 1(1), 13-16.


Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy:  Accessing the Body's Wisdom and Creative Intelligence by Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., ATR-BC

Focusing with Children - The art of communicating with children at school and at home by Marta Stapert and Erik Verliefde

International Association of Focusing Oriented Therapists

Focusing Arts Institute

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