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Thanks for liking the blog! But more importantly, yes domestic violence is one area that I believe art therapy is particularly effective. There is generally not a huge desire to talk [at least at first] about experiences and feelings, Brain-wise, the mind may be actually blocking the "talk" due to the stress of disclosing experiences that stimulate anxiety or even guilt and shame. So when there is avoidance on a cognitive level, art making gets things started and the narratives emerge in image and sensory aspects. I think that inevitably that gets the flow of verbal narrative to begin, but at a pace more appropriate for the individual.
Having worked a domestic violence shelters, I know what you are encountered somewhat-- it is rewarding, but difficult work and creative interventions can make all the difference.
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Does art therapy effectively support relational treatment goals?
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