The use of masks in counseling: Creating reflective space

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kelly L. Wester, Associate Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Using expressive art techniques in counseling is one way in which to open space for a client to reflect on his or her concerns or problems in therapy. One form of expressive art is the use of masks. Masks have been used throughout history in theatre and counseling. In therapy, masks have been used as projective tools for clients to reflect their experiences onto. This article discusses one client's experience in creating a mask while working on her issues as a survivor of sexual abuse. In addition, recommendations are discussed for using masks with different populations.

Additional Information

Publication
Journal of Clinical Activities, Assignments & Handouts in Psychotherapy Practice, 2(2), 123-130
Language: English
Date: 2002
Keywords
Masks, expressive arts, sexual abuse, reflective thinking