Trauma and acute stress disorder: A comparison between cognitive behavioral intervention and art therapy

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to initiate a comparative and theoretical study between the mechanisms of cognitive behavioral intervention (CBI) versus art therapy, in relation to the acute stress disorder (ASD) stage of trauma. The literature on CBI, art therapy, and ASD will be briefly reviewed. Similarities between these two theoretically disparate interventions will be outlined, pointing to the relevance of CBI and art therapy to alter maladaptive and traumatic sensory processing, affect excitatory reactions, modulate and challenge explicit traumatic memories and stimulate a subsequent cognitive process. Implications for mental health professionals intervening in the relatively flexible ASD period are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-12
Number of pages5
JournalArts in Psychotherapy
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2010

Keywords

  • Acute stress disorder
  • Art therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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