Speaking about the Unspeakable: Non-Verbal Methods and Experiences in Therapy with Children

Speaking about the Unspeakable: Non-Verbal Methods and Experiences in Therapy with Children

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Children do not always have the capacity or need to express themselves through words. They often succeed in saying more about their feelings and experiences by communicating non-verbally through play and other expressive, creative activities.

The basic premise of Speaking about the Unspeakable is that life's most pivotal experiences, both good and bad, can be truly expressed via the language of the imagination. Through creativity and play, children are free to articulate their emotions indirectly. The contributors, all experienced child therapists, describe a wide variety of non-verbal therapeutic techniques, including clay, sand, movement and nature therapy, illustrating their descriptions with moving case studies from their professional experience.

Accessible and engaging, this book will inspire child psychologists and therapists, art therapists and anyone with an interest in therapeutic work with children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846427961
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 05/10/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dennis McCarthy is a licensed mental health counselor in New York state and is the director of Metamorfos Institute. He is a psychotherapist working with both children and adults and specializing in sandplay and dream work. Initially trained as a dancer, he weaves the body's innate urge to move into all of his work.

Table of Contents

Foreword. Dr. Priscilla Rodgers. Introduction. Dennis McCarthy LMHC. 1. The Hidden Treasure of the Self. Jenny Bates LCSW. 2. Getting the Inside Out: Speaking with Clay. Michelle Rhodes LMSW ATR-BC. 3. Speaking with the Body: Using Dance/Movement Therapy to Enhance Commnication and Healing with Young Children. Susan Loman ADTR and Claire LeMessurier ADTR. 4. Speaking with Silence: Play Therapy with Selective Mute Children. Brenda Lawrence LCSW-R. 5. The Secret Garden: Healing through Nature. Dr.Ilka List. 6. Speaking with the Imagination. Dr. Patti Knoblauch. 7. Dance/ Movement Therapy with Children. Rena Kornblum ADTR. 8. The Healing Power of Creative Expression. Dr. Nancy Rowe. 9. Getting to the Core: Moving through the Language Barrier. Noelle Ghnassia-Damon LCSW-R. 10. Quicksand: A Provocation to Change. Dennis McCarthy. Epilogue. Dennis McCarthy. Contributors. Index.

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