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Abstract: There is a dearth of information regarding art therapy with people diagnosed with neuropsychiatric
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (npSLE). Art therapy was an individual component of a broader consultation-liaison
treatment intervention of a female adolescent who had ongoing and severe symptoms of refractory npSLE, including
confusion, agitation, flat affect, echolalia, psychosis, and Parkinsonian features. She also displayed limited
non-verbal and verbal communication, with her presentation differing from week to week and often fluctuating
during each art therapy session. Due to the symptom manifestations of npSLE it was necessary for me to help her
engage with art therapy. Each session provided freedom for expression in a safe containing space, which assisted
her to manage some difficult feelings and for themes to emerge. The article reflects on some of the engagement
strategies I adopted, as well as examples of containment and recurring themes. In summary, art therapy assisted to
provide a space where engagement and containment were enabled, themes emerged, and a meaningful
therapeutic relationship developed.
Sonia is an internationally published author who has also contributed artworks to a number of publications.
Sonia's practice has been mentioned in the following articles:
"Expressing Hidden Feelings Through Art" - GradLife, page 10, Volume 3, Issue 2, December 2011.
"Another Means of Escaping Troubles" by Amy Rathbone - Inner West Courier, page 55, 29 November 2011.
Sonia has had artworks featured in the following publications:
The Feminist Journal
Health Care and Human Rights - Johannes Wier Foundation (Holland)
Growing Strong - Women's Handbook
Honi Soit - Women's Edition
Altar Magazine (USA)
Honi Soit - Queer Edition
Legal Thesis titled "Is Our Current Juvenile Justice System Successfully
Rehabilitating Young Offenders?
Oak Tree Therapy and
Abstract: Therapeutic doll making can hold diverse functions for clients in therapy, particularly for those clients
who are working through complex trauma histories. Recent literature pertaining to the treatment of complex
trauma suggests that talking treatments have their limits; supplementary therapeutic approaches that focus on
sensory, physical, somatic, and body-oriented processes may be necessary. These include art therapy and various
expressive modalities such as doll making. This article describes a series of six dolls created by a woman diagnosed
with posttraumatic stress disorder resulting from child sexual abuse and family violence. The case illustrates
significant therapeutic benefits of doll making in healing from complex trauma.
These A5 sized booklets are made in
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They include 20 colour examples of
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Abstract: The sculptural lifeline is a technique that can be used in art psychotherapy. A sculptural lifeline may be
useful in someone's therapeutic journey and can be of significant value for people accessing therapeutic services.
This article explains the sculptural lifeline technique and uses examples to demonstrate some of the diverse
functions and meanings sculptural lifelines hold. In the examples selected, people perceived increased freedom in
the three-dimensional construction of a lifeline, as compared to working only two-dimensionally. They found the
experience of making a sculptural lifeline to be a less threatening activity than drawing or painting their lifelines.
This was partially due to feelings of internal pressure and judgement regarding artistic abilities, as well as the
freedom they found in using tangible objects to symbolize their life experiences. They also found the
representations on their sculptural lifelines to truly embody their experiences, something that they each felt could
not be accomplished through choosing images and words for a collage. Their representations and symbols on
their sculptural lifelines acted as “bookmarks” for topics to consider at appropriate junctures in therapy.