ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Mindy Jacobson-Levy, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC is a board certified, registered art psychotherapist and a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has been in private practice since 1980, has numerous publications, and is a credentialed, professional member of the American Art Therapy Association, Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association, International Society for The Study of Trauma & Dissociation, and the National Eating Disorders Association. She is also a clinical supervisor for Creative Arts in Therapy graduate students at Drexel University.

Maureen Foy-Tornay, MA, ART-BC, LPC is a board certified, registered art psychotherapist, and licensed professional counselor at Philadelphia University. She has been in private practice since 2002, and is a clinical supervisor for Creative Arts in Therapy graduate students at Drexel University. Maureen is a credentialed, professional member of the American Art Therapy Association, Delaware Valley Art Therapy Association, and the National Eating Disorders Association.

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Finding Your Voice through Creativity


The Art and Journaling Workbook for Disordered Eating

Authors:Mindy Jacobson-Levy, Maureen Foy-Tornay

DESCRIPTION:

This is a creative workbook for individuals who want to explore their relationship with food and their bodies in a new way. It is based on the idea that art is one of the most powerful inroads to psychological healing by fostering self-expression, insight, and empowerment.

Written by board-certified art psychotherapists, the pages of this workbook literally serve as a canvas for thoughts and feelings "spoken" primarily through art and elaborated upon through writing. Readers are encouraged to draw, write, and create directly in the book! Fifty-eight expressive art projects and corresponding written exercises lead readers through specific stages of self-discovery related to disordered eating patterns, body image issues, relationships, life skills, emotions, self love, and personal transformation. A list of basic, inexpensive materials is provided.

CONTENTS:

1 – Let's Be Selfish For A Minute
2 – Opening Your Heart
3 – Emotional Armor
4 – Finding Your Voice
5 – Are You Hungry?
6 – Panning For Gold
7 – Trying On A Different Hat
8 – Barriers To Healing
9 – Problem Solving
10 – Permission To Love Yourself
11 – Creating A New Path

REVIEWS:

"…reading through this thoughtful, well-organized workbook gave me an appreciation of how art therapy works, and opened up an exciting new way of thinking about eating disorders. Although the authors specifically target the more amorphous category of "disordered eating," or subclinical behaviors that can includes self-starvation, binging and occasional purging, their book could be just as useful as a tool for an eating-disordered adolescent or adult in treatment."
— Nancy Matsumoto, co-author of The Parent's Guide to Eating Disorders: Supporting Self-Esteem, Healthy Eating & Positive Body Image at Home

"This workbook gently teaches you about what is wrong in your life and how to right it. Through drawing and journaling, you'll begin to understand yourself from the inside out…You can feel the authors' kindness and concern for your well-being and success on every page. They are there to reassure you as you cover new ground and to support you in the "ah ha" moments you're sure to have if you give yourself over to the exercises the workbook provides. Anyone can do this unique workbook. You need no special skills and you can go at your own pace. Discovering your voice through creativity is an effective way to heal yourself. Give it a try."
— Karen R. Koenig, author of The Food & Feelings Workbook and The Rules of Normal Eating

"Try this fun art activity which welcomes change into your life (reprinted with permission of the author): On an 8 X 11 piece of paper, create a new hat with magical powers that would permit you to make at least one change in your life without feeling scared or overwhelmed. It can be colorful, black and white, tiny, outrageously crazy looking anything. Have fun!"
— Heidi Dalzell, Philadelphia Eating Disorder Examiner

"I am always interested in new techniques for self-discovery and expression of my creative nature. The authors had my attention right from the beginning with "Let's Be Selfish for a Minute." The opening lines state "This chapter is about you. How often do you take the time to think about yourself?" I knew then that I was going to have opportunities to do some serious self-exploration. Chapter Two encouraged me to "walk through my heart" and be mindful of what I would find if I were to do so. Each successive chapter provided familiar forms of self-expression, accompanied by multiple new techniques."
— Lee Ambrose, www.storycirclbookereviews.org