Edith Kramer's Third Hand
The power of the art in art therapy is most effective when the art therapist is providing an environment, which is conducive to creative work. Edith describes the therapist’s role to accompany the patient in his or her creative process in as a kind of working alliance, encouraging and supporting him, without imposing her own ideas, or disturbing the patient. She calls this very special ability the third hand. The art therapist’s own artistic contributions and interventions are of utmost importance, enabling the patient to develop expression and personal form. This chapter will present Edith’s inestimable contribution of the third hand to art therapy.