Trauma Art Narrative Therapy (TANT) is a structured cognitively oriented technique, which uses art as a modality for healing from trauma. With trauma, memories are often disconnected and fragmented.
Trauma art pieces together these memories by guiding one to narrate the traumatic event through a series of sequential drawings. As one draws “snapshots” of the event, integration of the emotional and cognitive components of the brain takes place and promotes healing. Preparation for trauma work always includes establishing safe points before and after the trauma. TANT is effective with minor single incidents to major events that have had a significant impact. Artistic ability is not needed and more spontaneous drawing is most effective.
Approaches to treating trauma may include one or a number of therapeutic interventions such as EMDR, Trauma Art Narrative Therapy, “talk” psychotherapy, Play therapy with children, and Sand Tray therapy with teens and adults. An initial asessment and trauma history at the start of treatment will assist in determining what therapy or modalities individually or combined will be most effective for you.
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