When Art Therapy Meets Sex Therapy

When Art Therapy Meets Sex Therapy

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Book Details
 233 p
 File Size 
 2,697 KB
 File Type
 PDF format
 978-1-138-91312-7 (hbk)
 978-1-138-91313-4 (pbk)
 978-1-315-69035-3 (ebk) 
 2017 Taylor & Francis 

When Art Therapy
Meets Sex Therapy
Appropriate for both sex therapists and art therapists, When Art Therapy Meets
Sex Therapy explores sexuality and gender through the use of art making, connecting
relevant theories and research from both fields. It begins with a historical
review of how explorations of anatomy, physiology, and sexual identity manifested
in art making in different cultures and discusses why a clinician must take
these spiritual, medical, and socioeconomic factors into account to offer effective
and culturally competent therapy. The second part of the book discusses clinically
effective treatments in art and sex therapy, and contains numerous case
illustrations. Included are interventions for important issues in therapy, such
as exploring gender identity, sexual health and shame, processing sexual abuse,
couples’ intimacy, parenting concerns regarding their children’s sexuality, and
treating sex addiction.

Einat S. Metzl, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC, is a licensed marriage and family therapist
and a registered, board-certified art therapist, with additional training in
sex therapy and play therapy. She is an assistant professor at Loyola Marymount
University and works with individuals and couples in 
her private practice office in Los Angeles, California.

“Dr. Einat Metzl’s book will invigorate the mental health community’s appreciation
of art therapy and sex therapy. Grounded firmly in Metzl’s clinical experience, this
comprehensive text illuminates areas critical to conducting effective and culturally
competent treatment. It is a vital contribution to the literature, reinforcing the highest
standards of professional competence in art therapy and sex therapy.”—Donna Betts,
PhD, ATR-BC, board president, the American Art Therapy Association; professor,
George Washington University Art Therapy Program, USA

“In the book When Art Therapy Meets Sex Therapy, art therapy and sex therapy are a
perfect marriage; most therapists will find that the two provide assessment and treatment
tools to understand a world that may not be accessible with verbal techniques alone.
This book gives a good review of the practices and benefits of art therapy as a way to use
an adjunctive therapy to increase creativity and enhance treatment.”—Tammy Nelson,
PhD, certified sex therapist, registered art therapist, licensed relationship therapist;
author, The New Monogamy and Getting the Sex You Want

“Anyone reading this book will experience an ‘Aha!’ moment as Dr. Einat Metzl brings
into focus two seemingly incongruent fields. Written in a style that is both informative
and conversational, readers from either discipline—sex or art therapy—will undoubtedly
learn something new and essential that can inform their practice. The book is also a great
springboard to researchers looking for an area of fruitful investigation.”—Stephanie
Buehler, MPW, PsyD, CST-S, psychologist and sex therapist; author, What Every
Mental Health Professional Needs to Know about Sex

“Einat Metzl provides art therapists and counselors with a much-needed resource for working
creatively to explore and understand sexual issues in therapy. Her clear, compassionate
and well-informed writing can help us to understand the scientific history and theory
of sexuality as it applies to therapeutic practice. Dr. Metzl follows this introduction with
insightful and interesting applications and case illustrations, which provide a humanistic
view of how creativity can heal, and can help clients come to terms with sexual trauma and
its attendant emotional struggles. This is an invaluable book for clinicians and students
alike.”—Penelope Orr, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, Edinboro university, USA

“When Art Therapy Meets Sex Therapy is an exciting and unique contribution to the art
therapy and sex therapy literature. Dr. Metzl presents clinical, contextual, and historical
constructs which underscore the natural relationship between the disciplines and
inform a balance of evidence-based and person-centered approaches. Metzl honors the
universal, diverse, and idiosyncratic nature of human experiences of sexuality; her book
will prompt professional clinicians as well as clinicians-in-training to recognize and
value sexuality as an integral consideration for understanding the human condition, and
prepare them to assess and address sexuality and sexual well-being as crucial elements
for health.”—Gaelynn P. Wolf Bordonaro, PhD, ATR-BC, director, Emporia State
University Graduate Art Therapy Program, USA; associate professor, ESU Department
of Counselor Education; clinical director, Communities Healing through Art (CHART)

“I have found it to be a brilliant book, full of informative resources and knowledge
focusing on research in the combined fields, with poignant case illustrations to make
the topic come alive. Metzel’s chapters are well organized. She thoughtfully provides
summaries of key points from chapters that are truly helpful for both the therapist and
an interdisciplinary therapeutic team to understand the multiple dimensions of creative
explorations within the treatment of sex, gender, and relationship issues. Her writing
style is clear and engaging and portrays a therapist who truly is sensitive to the needs
of her clients. Einat's work is a long overdue exploration to current topics that have
profound meaning for people within our contemporary North American society. This
book does indeed need to be published.”—Dr. Julia Byers, professor emerita, Expressive
Therapies, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lesley University, USA

Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables 
Outline of the Book

PART 1—Why Should We Explore Sexuality Creatively?
CHAPTER 1—Where Art Therapy and Sex Therapy Intertwine 
CHAPTER 2—Creative Assessments of Sexual Needs and Wants 
CHAPTER 3—The Visual Cultures of Sexuality
CHAPTER 4—The Many Layers of Sexuality 

PART 2—Implementation
CHAPTER 5—Exploring Gender Identity Through Art Making 
Current Research About Gender Explorations in Art Therapy and Sex Therapy
Layered Understanding of Identity as Constructs Such as Gender Identity, Biological Sex, Sexual Orientation, Societal Pressures, and Affiliations
Case Illustrations
Gender Expectations 
Suggested Interventions and Considerations for Exploring Gender-Related Issues
Summary of Key Points for Chapter 5

CHAPTER 6— Sexual Health, Behaviors, and Shame, Explored Through Art Making 
Case Illustrations
Challenges of Bringing Art In
Summary of Key Points for Chapter 6

CHAPTER 7—Treating Sexual Abuse While Integrating Body, Mind, and Spirit
Benefits of Integrative Approaches
Case Illustration
Residing in the Grayscales: Sexual Abusers, Sexual Abuse Victims, and Their Families 
Summary of Key Points for Chapter 7 

CHAPTER 8— Envisioning the Interpersonal Space in Couples’ Lives, Through Art
Case Vignettes 
Discussion: Considerations for Art Therapy Interventions in Couples’ Treatment
Summary of Key Points for Chapter 8 

CHAPTER 9—Art Interventions for Parenting Issues Related to Sexuality
Case Illustrations
Help Parents Consider What They Are Already Doing With Their Child Around Sexuality
Summary of Key Points for Chapter 9

CHAPTER 10—Love, Sex, and Addiction: Exploring the Hunger Games
Case Illustration 
Discussion of Interventions and Clinical Considerations
Summary of Key Points for Chapter 10 

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