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Beirut Art Therapy will be hosting a distinguished art therapist Cornelia Elbrecht end of May 2014. Cornelia has 35 years of experience as an art therapist. She has studied at the School for Initiatic Art Therapy in Germany; she has also studied Jungian and Gestalt therapy, Bioenergetics, Shiatsu and Naturopathy. She worked as founder, coworker and trainer in Neuenzell, a center for self-awareness in the Black Forest in Germany. She is also a founder and director of Claerwen Retreat at Apollo Bay in Victoria, Australia. She gives courses as well as individual sessions internationally. Cornelia is the author of the books titled "The Transformation Journey" and “Trauma Healing at the Clay Field.”

Cornelia will be in Beirut to give a training course in clay therapy and a corresponding accredited certificate. The training will focus on the sense of touch and the movement of the hands with the use of clay which is called the heptic perception method. Working with this method allows the therapist to work with the client in a primarily nonverbal way using a body-focused approach. The kinesthetic motor action of the hands combined with sensory perception of the skin can lead to a profound sense of resolution concerning early attachment issues, developmental setbacks and traumatic events experienced by patients, offering lasting therapeutic benefits. Actually, the heptic perception method of clay field therapy is very rare and Cornelia has a great input in developing it.

Cornelia will work with participants in the group setting as well as individually. The one to one work will educate the participants about how clay therapy is done with individual clients. The training will be open to a very limited number of participants to ensure that each participant will receive high quality personalized experience.

The training dates will be on May 30, 31 and June 1, 2. From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm.

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