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Bruce L. Moon
Transcript of Bruce L. Moon
Existential Art Therapy
By: Kristin Wells
Existential Art Therapy
Born in 1951
Art therapist, educator,painter, singer-songwriter, and performance artist
Wife: Cathy Moon
Introduced to Art Therapy by Don Jones
Honorary Life Member Award (HLM) of the American Art Therapy Association and the 2009 recipient of the Buckeye Art Therapy Association HLM.
Specialized in Adolescents with emotional disorders
Existential therapists are dedicated to liberating humanity from its denial of inescapable anxieties, fears, and shallow routines. These unavoidable anxieties stem from awareness of four ultimate concerns of existence: death, freedom, isolation, and meaninglessness
Moon desires to link the practice of art therapy to the ultimate concerns of life, as expressed in existential philosophy and therapy
Tenets of Existential Art Therapy
Three ways that existential art therapists can be genuinely attentive:
1. by doing with
2. by being open to
3. by honoring pain.
Absence of ongoing connections with extended family, decline in religious practice, and distrust,” which has lead people to “experience a loss of their sense of groundedness
The medicine of imaginative action may be the most effective treatment for clients with existential emptiness
(a) the dream is what it is (there are no hidden meanings), (b) the art therapist focuses on the manifest content of the images of the dream and the client’s artwork, and (c) the art therapist refrains from making interpretive comments
Moustakas’s Existential Model of Interpretation of Dreams
Artist as therapist model of art psychotherapy
Not art as therapy or art psychotherapy
emphasizes the goodness of artmaking for both the patient and the art therapist