The use of Clay in Therapyoffers great potential for improving personal & physiological well-being, healing trauma and somatic symptoms, and transforming issues of self-esteem and self-identity for a wide range of client groups.
My extensive studio work with Clay over a 25 year period has afforded me the wisdom of its versatility as a creative material that offers endless possibilities for self-expression, and gives the maker the potential to become fully absorbed in the creative process. Clay is a highly malleable and tactile material that responds well to manipulation, it gives shape to thoughts and feelings, and provides a tangible dimension to the experience of free expression. I am passionate about Clay and its versatility as a primal mode of expression and ability to facilitate transformation and growth. Clay provides a bridge to the mind and body through the tactile engagement with the felt sense, thus enabling an immediate connection with the unconscious, and provoking a release of previously hidden thoughts and emotions that can be used for self-exploration within the therapeutic relationship. Clay is a resourceful, valuable creative medium to use as a therapeutic tool in art therapy as well as in other psychological or psycho-dynamic clinical and recreational interventions.
Work at the Clay Field®
A Sensorimotor Art Therapy approach
Work at the Clay Field® is a sensory based therapy that was developed by Prof Heinz Deuser in Germany over a 40yr period and is used across Europe in a number of mental health settings, schools and Women’s shelters to facilitate trauma healing. It is suitable for children, adolescents & adults who have experienced trauma & attachment issues. Clay Field Therapy is a body-focused, trauma-informed art therapy approach and powerful tactile modality which supports the individual's active response to their life's story and body memories through the felt-sense, The hands are encouraged through the haptic sense to explore the symbolic world of the Clay Field, where the development of new neurological pathways leads to the transformation of previously incomplete life cycles, and a restoration of life's balance and wholeness.
Clay Field Therapy may be useful for any of the following:
Grief & Loss
Attachment & Separation Issues
Learning & Developmental Challenges
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's)
Early Childhood Trauma & Abuse
ADHD & ASD Behaviours
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Adult Trauma
I am currently in training as a Clay Field Therapist with Cornelia Elbrecht of the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy, Australia, having achieved my Certificate in 'Work at the Clay Field with Children' and studying towards a Diploma in Sensorimotor Art Therapy.
What – Clay Field Therapy is predominantly a non-verbal modality which can assist individuals to experience an inner balance, complete developmental cycles, and re-balance the nervous system within a safe therapeutic relationship.
Who – Children/adolescents aged 7-17yrs; and Adults
Where – In private practice in Kilcolgan, Co. Galway,50/60 minute session