Trauma in the Creative and Embodied Therapies is a cross-professional book looking at current approaches to working therapeutically and socially with trauma in a creative and embodied way.

The book pays attention to different kinds of trauma – environmental, sociopolitical, early relational, abuse in its many forms, and the trauma of illness – with contributions from international experts, drawn from the fields of the arts therapies, the embodied psychotherapies, as well as nature-based therapy and Playback Theatre. The book is divided into three sections: the first section takes into consideration the wider sociopolitical perspective of trauma and the power of community engagement. In the second section, there are numerous clinical approaches to working with trauma, whether with individuals or groups, highlighting the importance of creative and embodied approaches. In the third section, the focus shifts from client work to the impact of trauma on the practitioner, team, and supervisor, and the importance of creative self-care and reflection in managing this challenging field.

This book will be useful for all those working in the field of trauma, whether as clinicians, artists, or social workers.

chapter |4 pages


part I|25 pages

Wider perspective

chapter 1|12 pages

Sociopolitical perspectives on trauma in a world in crisis

“The personal is political” revisited

chapter 2|11 pages

Enacting testimony

Trauma stories in Playback Theatre

part II|110 pages

Clinical perspectives

chapter 3|12 pages

The unplayable piano

From discord to harmony: trauma, play therapy, and the power of the non-verbal

chapter 4|12 pages

As time goes by …

Music psychotherapy and trauma

chapter 5|12 pages

Healing trauma through embodied relating

Re-establishing rhythms of relating

chapter 7|12 pages

Building resilience

Developing embodied and relational resources in a Gestalt movement therapy group

chapter 8|12 pages

Dance movement psychotherapy

The body tells the unspeakable

chapter 9|12 pages

The warrior’s journey

chapter 10|12 pages

Letting go of the spider

part III|26 pages

The impact of trauma on the therapist and embodied supervisory approaches