Application

ExAF in Clinical Settings

We offer two therapeutic pathways of Expressive Arts Focusing: Focusing informed Art Therapy and Focusing Therapy with the Creative and the Expressive Arts

Focusing informed Art Therapy is therapeutic artmaking from the body sense. Focusing is used to get started and to reflect the artwork

Focusing Therapy with the arts is Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy FOT with intervals of expressing the Felt Sense through the arts

We are happy to be there for you in 1:1 sessions

ExAF Principles For 1:1 Settings

Foundational Focusing and FOAT® prinicples (Eugene Gendlin, Laury Rappaport) are the main principles here, along with Empathic Curiosity for Differences (Christiane Geiser) and Aesthetic Empathy (Friedl Dicker-Brandeis)

 

Processing artistically at the edge of sensual awareness is leading to a More of  (Eugene Gendlin). This is the place where the Experiential Third (Freda Blob) is going to emerge in the triassic of therapist, client and arts. The Experiential Third is a space offering unpredictable shifts in body, arts and meaning. Those shifts are actualized through the living body interacting with all the components of the artistic situation as a whole

All activities of the Expressive Arts Focusing process are embedded in the space of the Experiential Third

 

The therapeutic process is forwarded by empathic art making. Art making itself is a carrying forward: 'Any action or interaction is a carrying forward of the body' (Eugene Gendlin, The Process Model)

Forwarding goes hand in hand with pausing (The Revolutionary Pause, Mary Hendricks), a one minute wait for the body to carry forward experiencing with precision. Practicing the Revolutionary Pause in ExAF ways, experiential listening and repetitive art activities may occur simultaneously. For example: Holding on to autonomous bilateral drawing movements from the Whole Body (without using art materials or expressing content) is sometimes just the time the body needs to find its next right step

 

ExAF art activities are facilitated by the professional but start from the body sense of the practitioner. Clients, coachees and trainees are experts of their own processing. They are therapeutic partners in finding out what art directives are most inducive for their body's life forward direction

This working model is highly experiential and person-centred, and functions best with a wide range of methods being offered to match individual needs


ExAF in Counseling, Coaching and Continuing Education 

Stoppages and dead-end situations in non-clinical settings benefit from imaginary space and alternative world experiences

Clients, coachees and trainees can find real life solutions through unexpected and unpredictable experiences that are affective, sensory based and playful 

Expressive Arts Focusing ExAF brings about such experiences. Experiential Arts from the body sense can open up shifts in structure-bound experiencing that otherwise stay stuck

The process is carried forward through circular loops of aesthetic experiencing, expressing and finding meaning. The outcome is improvement in self-regulation, self-restoring and self-empowerment

Therapeutic ExAF Hands-on Methods

  • Embodied Doodling: Energizing the body through spontaneous repetitive art activities, releasing stress,  getting grounded

  • Felt Art Journaling: Processing difficult emotions, themes or intentions through multiple layers of artistic expression from the body sense

  • Experiential Museum Art-Based Engagement/Receptive Art Therapy: Receptive-active art activities, responding to fine arts from the art sense (Paolo Bianchi), getting hold of aesthetic connections and deeper meaning

  • Experiential Collaging (Akira Ikemi), Phototherapy (Kathrin Seifert): Finding and exploring meaning through action-oriented art expression using inside-out and outside-in felt sensing

  • Experiential Dynamic Shape Drawing (DSD): Getting focused through drawing rhythmical moving and swinging lines along breathing rhythm using lombard braid patterns (anthroposophical art therapy)

  • Bilateral Body Mapping/Guided Drawing®: Releasing intense body feelings, emotions and trauma (Sensorimotor Art Therapy®)

FOCUSZART The Focusing Studio - Expressive Arts Focusing Application ©Tylor Richardson/Unsplash

Connect to your authentic self. Identify your kind of art

ARTS FROM THE BODY SENSE

We operate online from GER

FOCUSZART The Focusing Studio

Hirschauer Str. 50 | D-72070 Tübingen | 0049 1757228458

focuszart@email.de | https://expressiveartsfocusing.com

Memberships TIFI, IAFOT, IEATA, APCCA, PCE, EFA, BFA