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Thank you, Cathy, for expressing that hard-to-describe quality that makes a great art therapist! As I was reading, I was reminded of one of the discussions long ago in my graduate program about how the brain is always filing away data and grouping everything. In art therapy, art therapists' brains are cataloging artwork and images. I believe the discussion was related to art and diagnosis and symbols/metaphors in art. Theoretically, if you take that one step further, perhaps our brains also catalog art interventions and we pull from these and our experiences (and add in a little of our own creative innovation) to create an intervention suitable to the client. Perhaps this is how we develop our intuitive third hand!
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