By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the Expressive Image Therapy Association was organized, creating the foundation for a new field of study, counseling, and treatment of many mental health disorders.
Acting as the association’s first president is Judith Rasband, Kathryn Wolters as vice president, and Dani Slaugh as secretary. Charter members include Sarita Singh, Dawn Nieto, Rebecca S. Boles, Leslie Anne Jeanfreaw, Kathleen M. Doctor, Cristina C. Johnson, and Ann Johnson.
Expressive Image Therapy Association founding members from left; Dani Slaugh, Cristina Johnson, Kathleen Doctor, Dawn Nieto, Camilla Owens, Rebecca Boles, Leslie Jeanfreaw, Sarita Singh, Judith Rasband, and Kathryn Wolters
What is Expressive Image Therapy?
Expressive image therapy is the use of the elements of image—dress, grooming, and body language—to facilitate non-image treatment goals. It is a creative collaboration between the client and the therapist. In essence, it is a clinical collaboration of art and science. The role of image therapy within a multi-disciplinary treatment program is to complement and enhance the clinical work being done in individual, group, and family therapy; the role of the image therapist is to have a comprehensive understanding of individual treatment goals and progress in order to support this within the context of individual or group image therapy sessions.
Expressive image therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, guided by the image therapist, use clothing and accessories, grooming, and body language to:
- explore their thinking and feelings as well as their behavior
- develop increased self awareness
- work out emotional conflicts
- better manage behavior and possible addictions
- increase self-esteem or sense of self worth
- increase social skills
- reduce anxiety
- improve reality orientation
A major goal in image therapy is to improve or restore a client’s ability to function effectively and his or her sense of personal well-being. Image therapy requires knowledge of visual design in dress and grooming including the reactive process. It requires knowledge of human development, physiology and anatomy, psychological and sociological aspects of image, as well as psychological counseling theories and techniques.
Conselle is proud to be a supporter of this innovative approach to expressive therapy! For those who want to know more about this new professional field call 801-224-1207 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.