Silence during art therapy: The art therapist’s perspective

Dafna Regev, Hadass Kurt, Sharon Snir

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This study examines the perceptions and experiences of Israeli art therapists regarding the use of silence during art therapy, and its effects on the art therapist, the client and the therapeutic relationship. The researchers interviewed 15 art therapists using the Consensual Qualitative Research (CQR) analysis method (Hill, C. E. [2012]. Consensual qualitative research: A practical resource for investigating social science phenomena. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association). The interview covered five primary domains: (1) silence as an art therapy tool—the art therapist’s depiction of a therapist who uses silence in therapy; (2) reasons for using silence in art therapy—the rationale for using silence as an intervention tool and the therapist’s perceptions regarding the client’s use of silence; (3) the art therapist’s perceptions of the effects of silence on the client, the therapeutic relationship and the therapeutic dialogue; (4) the role of the art therapist during moments of silence in the therapy room; and (5) the art therapist’s perception of the uniqueness of the art medium during moments of silence in therapy. These findings can lead to a greater understanding of the importance and contribution of silence in art therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-94
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2016


  • Consensual Qualitative Research
  • Silence
  • art materials
  • art therapists
  • art therapy

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology


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