Art Therapy The Person-Centred Way
Art and the Development of the Person
2nd Edition
Foreward by Brian Thorne
ISBN 1 85302 481 3
1997 304 pages


‘ . . . an effective course in person-centred art therapy based on the philosophy which empowers the person and helps make them more self-directed’ Carl Rogers

‘ . . . I would recommend this very interesting and forthright book to anyone who is interested in developments in person-centred therapy or in thinking about art as a therapeutic tool in a person-centred counselling context.’ Counselling

‘ . . . a study of an exceptional student-centred facilitator at work.’ Counselling News

‘ . . . the book provides a fascinating glimpse into the person-centred approach to counselling and art therapy . . . this is a book which almost demands to be read from cover to cover, not randomly dipped into – Art Therapy – The Person-Centred Way does repay the time and attention given to it. Prior to reading Art Therapy – The Person-Centred Way I do not believe I had fully appreciated the core beliefs underpinning the person-centred model or, indeed, how challenging, in some respects, these are to my own psycho-dynamically informed ones.’ Inscape

‘. . . this book provides valuable reading for a whole range of professionals working with people. It is informative, stimulating, creative and thoroughly readable. It offers a huge number of useful and practical ideas for all who are involved in counselling – practitioners, students, tutors, and counselling supervisors. I recommend it.’ Val Davies

‘ . . . fascinating account of art therapy training. Silverstone . . . describes with clarity and transparency her unique hybrid : art and person-centred counselling. Silverstone’s book not only illustrates that experience retold is more colourful than ‘grey theory’ but that, in this case, it can also offer a valuable insight into a group’s life. Busy practitioners can gain much from this ‘chatty’, non-academic manual of group work ideas (which are) applicable in most settings.’ British Journal of Occupational Therapy

‘ . . . Art Therapy – The Person-Centred Way is an enlarged edition of the first book published on person-centred art therapy, and includes many more exercises and ideas. It demonstrates that by bringing the person-centred facilitative approach to images expressed in art form, healing and growth can occur at every level of development. To illustrate the effectiveness of this process, the book chronicles twelve students as they make their way through a year’s person-centred art therapy skills course, sharing their step-by-step difficulties and successes in becoming person-centred, learning from their images, and applying person-centred art therapy skills in their diverse work settings. The process, based on self-discovered learning, negotiated decision-making, self’/peer assessment and certificating, demonstrates the collective aspect of the person-centred approach in action. This radical model can be transposed to a wide range of settings. With its many exercises and illustrations, refreshing ideas and wide scope of application, this book is a rich resource for the training and practice of those involved with human development.’ Jessica Kingsley Publishers



Art Therapy Exercises
Inspirational and Practical Ideas to Stimulate the Imagination
Foreward by Brian Thorne
ISBN 978 1 84310 695 1
2009 112 pages


‘Liesl Silverstone’s new book . . . is the outcome of a personal and professional life dedicated to the celebration of the imagination and the unshakeable belief in the resilience of the human spirit . . . readers will find a veritable cornucopia of exercises which have the potential to open up new vistas and to inspire imaginative journeys of great richness. . . Simply to read them is in itself a voyage of discovery but for many trainers and therapists they will constitute a repertoire on which they can draw as from an inexhaustible well.’ from the Foreward by Brian Thorne, Emeritus Professor of Counselling, University of East Anglia

‘ . . .this is an accessible book containing a collection of 80 tried and tested exercises with guidelines for applying them and advice for devising new ones. It is intended to be a useful resource for art therapists and art therapy students, counsellors, psychotherapists and all professionals working in the field of human development. Focusing on a non-directive, non-interpretive person-centred approach to art therapy, this book is a complementary resource to Art Therapy – The Person-Centred Way.’ Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Publisher of both books:
Jessica Kingsley, 116 Pentonville Road,London N1 9JB
Tel +44 (0) 208 7833 2307
Web site:

Art Therapy The Person-Centred Way has been translated into Hebrew and Korean.
Art Therapy Exercises has been translated into Hebrew

Art Therapy the Person-Centred Way bringing the person-centred counselling approach to the therapeutic use of art With Liesl Silverstone Formerly a Fellow, British association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Devised as a resource for trainees in Person-centred Art Therapy Skills, this video may be useful for person-centred practitioners and trainers who are interested in bringing a non-verbal creative way into their work. After an introduction about the background and theory of person-centred art therapy, Liesl offers an art therapy exercise.  She demonstrates the approach by working with two women and their images.  Then, as ‘tutor’, she watches two women work together with an image, as ‘counsellor’ and ‘client’. For copies, please contact : Concorde Video, 22 Hines Road, Ipswich, IP3 9BG 01473 726012

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