My extensive studio work with Clay over a 25 year period has afforded me the wisdom of its versatility as a material that provides a tangible dimension to the experience of self expression, whereby it provokes a release of previously hidden thoughts and emotions thus enabling a connection with the unconscious and offering the maker the potential to become fully absorbed in the creative process with endless possibilities for self-expression. I have found the use of Clay in therapy offers great potential for healing trauma and somatic symptoms, transforming issues of self-esteem and self-identity for a wide range of client groups. Clay is a resourceful, valuable creative medium to use as a therapeutic tool in art therapy and other psychological or psychodynamic clinical and recreational interventions.
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 or .Ennis, Co. Clare, 50/60 minute session