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Mandala Symbolism and Techniques

Mandala Symbolism and Techniques

Innovative Approaches for Professionals

Susan I. Buchalter

Quick Overview

This book outlines practical exercises for using mandala creation with a variety of client groups, to elicit discussion about issues such as depression, anxiety, relationships and goals. Mandala design is presented in a variety of ways, allowing the therapist the flexibility to gear sessions towards clients' specific needs and capabilities.
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Paperback / softback
2012, 8.98in x 6.65in / 228mm x 169mm, 288pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-889-6
AU$39.99
Ebook
2012, ePUB, 288pp
ISBN: 978-0-85700-593-9
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AU$39.99

Description

Mandalas are important therapeutic tools promoting focusing, wholeness and healing. This book introduces nearly two hundred different techniques for designing mandalas and adapts mandala creation for the purpose of eliciting thoughts, feelings and concerns about pertinent therapeutic issues such as depression, anxiety, relationships and goals. Therapists can use the many practical mandala exercises outlined within to enable a wide range of clients to enhance self-awareness and explore issues in a non-threatening way. Mandala design is presented in a variety of creative ways with different media, allowing the therapist the flexibility to gear sessions towards clients' specific needs and capabilities.

This will be a valuable and unique addition to the therapist's library and will be of particular interest to art therapists, counsellors, psychologists and professionals looking for innovative therapeutic approaches that build on traditional practices.

Reviews

'“Buchalter offers a rich resource bursting with ideas for mandala making with clients. The simple, easy to use themes and media techniques for group and individual work are practical and varied. With sensitivity to the centering and insight achievable through mandala making she suggests directives that embrace the archetypal dynamics of art making in a circle. This book will be a dependable guide for art therapists and mental health professionals alike.”'
- Joanna Clyde Findlay, Art Therapist and Psychotherapist in private practice

'“This is one of the most comprehensive books I have read on the mandala as a therapeutic tool. As an art therapist who has used mandalas for many years, I was amazed by the vast number of new applications and ways of using mandalas that are presented throughout this book… I am tempted to try any number of these strikingly original ways of using the mandala in groups or with individuals in my practice. The author includes directions and instructions, pictures and in depth analysis of mandala artwork illustrating each special focus. The mandala, no matter in what way it is used, has a special power and people are drawn to it. What is different about this book is the multitude of ideas and different projects and ways of using the mandala drawing that are offered, and are accessible to both the layman and the professional therapist.”'
- Phyllis Frame, Art Therapist and Director of Round Oaks Creative Center, Charlottesville, Virginia

Authors

By (author): Susan Buchalter
Introduction by: Alexandra Katz
Contributions by: Laura Loumeau-May