AURORA LUNA WALSS

Psychotherapist Specialized in Prevention and Treatment of Trauma

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"In life, everything is a metaphor."

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Haruki Murakami

Japanese writer

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2. Grandes errores
2. Grandes errores
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3. Ya nada será igual
3. Ya nada será igual
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4. Intentando y fallando
4. Intentando y fallando
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5. Sentimientos mezclados
5. Sentimientos mezclados
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6. Lo más agridulce
6. Lo más agridulce
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7. Ya no puedo más
7. Ya no puedo más
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8. Si tan solo no doliera
8. Si tan solo no doliera
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9. Todo es perfecto tal como es
9. Todo es perfecto tal como es
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10. Todo orden y justicia se cumplen siempre
10. Todo orden y justicia se cumplen siempre
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1. Volver a empezar
2. Ilusión de ser
3. Si todo fuera así
4. A ver qué sale
5. Magia
6. Sí se puede
7. Reinventando
8. Surgiendo del caos
9. Casi la paz
10. Etéreo

Metaphor and art in the therapeutic process

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Metaphors allow us to relate two different situations but with functional equivalences. Art makes it possible to metaphorize life situations and relate them to materials, techniques, colors, shapes, effects, etc., so that language is facilitated and structured by establishing a "bridge" of communication between the client and the therapist. .

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In the article that I share in this link, entitled " The family, the game and the metaphor in the therapeutic process" , I explain how each person develops their expressive capacity in a different way throughout the therapeutic process, where it is the work of the professional in psychotherapy to support so that it is facilitated from emotional relief, to awareness, change of habits and satisfaction for a much better life. In this way, the space in which the process takes place becomes a "laboratory" in which different alternatives are experimented and among them the game has a transcendental role.

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The metaphor is the central element of the verbal and non-verbal communication of the family and the therapist. The same symptomatic behavior can be understood as a relational metaphor, given the property of metaphors to simultaneously convey more meanings, still contrasting with each other, finding for them a space of mediation in the specificity and at the same time, in the genericness of their content.

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Creative process in art

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In the images that I share in this publication, you can see the evidences of a personal creative process in which with the use of vegetable paper and oil paint in the colors that I selected for each of the two parts of the process , I interpret the resulting forms naming each one.

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The creative path began within the framework of a personal therapeutic process , - accompanied by my own therapist -, from the intention of resolving conflicts that had been explored. In this way, the findings in each image promoted the verbal expression first, of memories that had been saved and that in the first therapy sessions he did not explicitly remember. From these creations, a much more fluid conversation of events took place and a reality was built in which I found sequence, explanations and awareness, which in the medium term were led to the elaboration of a new present based on past events in which I found security, confidence and strengthening of self-esteem.

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As you can see, the process had two parts, an initial one in which the shapes are circular and a second part in which the shapes that emerged were in landscape format. This arrangement was spontaneous and followed my own expressive needs through the color and texture of the oil paint, worked with a roller on a piece of transparent acrylic material, to facilitate later printing on greaseproof paper. Each printed piece is part of a continuum achieved in a total of four sessions, of which the first two were intended for printing and the next two for accommodation and metaphorical discovery. From this order, body, emotional and verbal expression developed, prior to becoming aware.

Each stain, each color, each mixture, as well as the order, the superposition of the layers, their texture, displacement, each fragment in the pieces of paper, was observed, touched, felt and interpreted, in a way that took on a meaning. In this way the process of metaphorizing was developed on the basis of sensory experience in which sight, touch, smell and hearing were involved. The Continuum of Expressive Therapies, ETC., was attended at each of its levels, recognizing in the work a deeply personal implicit and explicit content.

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The creative process that I show is only one example within the whole that makes up a therapeutic process in which art is included as a form of therapy, taking into account the broad and inclusive global concept of Expressive Arts Therapy , which explains that the fact To create is in itself therapeutic, and it adds the symbolic and material content of artistic expression, as part of the most intimate and profound expressions of the human being, which, when transferred to awareness, favor emotional, psychological and even growth. spiritual.

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Making art on a regular basis increases the ability to metaphorize and therefore to analyze and sinter information from life experiences, which include human relationships and their complexity.
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Art and its processes, techniques and materials are powerful tools in the development of a creative life.

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If you want to be part of an online workshop where I guide you to create your own metaphors through art,

send me a message!

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We can organize an online event in which you express yourself, share and start a beautiful creative path

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Learn more creative processes, publications, testimonials and videos,

I will be happy to receive your comments!

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