New art therapy approach to healing trauma

Very few specifically focused art therapy courses are available online, but a well-known Australian art therapist is offering a new accredited course in the cutting edge work of Guided Drawing.
Cornelia Elbrecht, Founder and Director of the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy, holds workshops both here and overseas and has pioneered ground breaking techniques with a particular focus on healing trauma through focusing on the body.
With extensive postgraduate training in Jungian and Gestalt Therapy and Bioenergetics, Cornelia brings a vast knowledge to her teaching and practice.
The new online 7-week course presented by Cornelia includes theory, case histories, round-table discussions and authentic filmed therapy sessions.
Guided Drawing is a body-focused drawing technique providing an archetypal structure applying Jungian psychology to universal, formal elements such as a line or a circle or a square. Adults draw with closed eyes and both hands, using chalk, crayons or finger paints on large sheets of paper.
Cornelia told HealthSpeak about the nature of Guided Drawing.
“Drawing rhythmically with both hands does not use imagery, but the direct expression of one’s Felt Sense. The process of exploring the history of these tensions, postures and attitudes leads to an unfolding of the individual’s personal and trans-personal life story.
“A dialogue emerges between perception and expression, which creates increasing awareness of an inner guidance that knows the path towards transformation and healing,” she explained.

Cornelia ElbrechtCornelia Elbrecht

BA. MA. (Art Ed), AThR; SEP
Founder and Director of the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy and School for Initiatic Art Therapy
Art Therapist, Practitioner & Trainer
Professional Member ANZACATA, IEATA



Claerwen Retreat

480 Tuxion Road
Apollo Bay, Victoria
Australia 3233

+61 (0)3 5237 7064
+61 (0)418 388 539

ground breaking art therapy techniques with a particular focus on healing trauma. An art therapist with over 40 years experience she is a renowned author, educator and the Founder and Director of the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy.

She studied at the School for Initiatic Therapy in the Black Forest, Germany and holds degrees in fine arts and arts education along with extensive postgraduate training in Jungian and Gestalt Therapy, Bioenergetics and at the Somatic Experiencing Training Institute (SETI). 

Best known for her cutting edge work with Guided Drawing and Clay Field Therapy, she holds regular workshops around the world and at Claerwen Retreat in Apollo Bay, Australia – an internationally respected arts therapy education facility. 

Author of numerous books, she runs accredited online courses for art therapists, educators and mental health professionals looking to understand a body focused art therapy approach to trauma therapy.

“Sensorimotor Art Therapy has the potential to initiate a process that unfolds like a quest towards healing, creativity, meaning and love.”

— Cornelia Elbrecht

Healing trauma with Guided Drawing

A 7-week online training course presented by Cornelia Elbrecht and Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy faculty members. Featuring over 14 hours of professionally produced, high definition video. The weekly structure will include theory, case histories, round-table discussions and authentic filmed therapy sessions.

Enrol now as courses have limited availability.

Guided Drawing is a body-focused drawing technique providing an archetypal structure that applies the philosophy of Jungian Depth Psychology to universal, formal elements such as a line or a circle or a square. Adults draw with closed eyes and both hands, using chalk crayons or finger paints on large sheets of paper. 

Drawing rhythmically with both hands does not use imagery, but the direct expression of one’s Felt Sense.

The process of exploring the history of these tensions, postures and attitudes leads to an unfolding of one’s personal and trans-personal life story.

A dialogue emerges between perception and expression, which creates increasing awareness of an inner guidance that knows the path towards transformation and healing.

Training courses are recognised by ANZACATA, The Australian and New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association as a foundation course, and as professional development by ACA the Australian Counselling Association and IEATA, the International Expressive Arts Therapies Association.

Art Therapy is a very young profession, yet for thousands of years art has been used to express emotional, cultural and spiritual needs. Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy. It is not about learning art techniques or the production of aesthetically pleasing pictures, nor are special artistic skills or talents relevant to the process.

Art Therapists are trained at Masters Level and are registered with a professional body:  ANZACATA, the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association.

Art Therapy is suitable for all age groups and is practiced in a variety of mental health institutions, also in prisons, nursing homes and schools. It has proved a valuable therapeutic tool for those who have suffered emotional, physical, substance and sexual abuse. It is used in the context of family therapy, social work, counselling and personal development.

Drawing, painting and sculpting can be a way to find answers to unresolved questions. They can provide nurturing, structure and inspiration in times of stress, burnout and disease. It can heal old wounds, transform emotional turbulence and show the way out of spiritual depression.

Art Therapy, similar to music therapy and drama therapy, has the invaluable advantage of allowing expression without words.

Article provided by Editor of HealthSpeak, Janet Grist – link to read full issue of HealthSpeak April 2019

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