After years of struggling with an eating disorder and the unforgiving world of ballet, Kathleen Rea found solace and healing in artistic expression that honestly communicated who she was without censor. She learned to see her body as a source of wisdom rather than something that needed to be controlled. This inspired her to develop a style of expressive arts therapy in which sensation takes the lead in the creative process, enabling the wisdom of one's body to guide recovery.
Beauty and authenticity were my immediate impressions...The Healing Dance reads like a novel yet delivers a professional and academic body of work that will be sure to please...
The Arts in Psychotherapy 40 (2013) 358–359
"The book that stayed with me the most from 2013 is The Healing Dance by Kathleen Rea. This Canadian author and dancer, in my mind, authentically embraces artistic expression."
I was blown away by how captivating it was
...a very personal, deeply moving, and powerfully transforming story.
The Scared Fire
...it is a truly heartwarming and satisfying read.
The Journal of Eating Disorders
...a powerful book... Rea generously shares her life and practice in an open and honest way, exposing her vulnerabilities and humbly offering personal and professional wisdom.
The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Book Review
Kathleen Rea is a certified psychotherapist with the OACCPP. She earned a diploma in expressive art therapy from ISIS-Canada, a certificate in psychology from Ryerson University and a master's degree in expressive arts therapy with a minor in psychology from the European Graduate School. A practicing therapist for the past twelve years, she is also a therapeutic performance facilitator, helping people express their life stories through multidisciplinary performance.
FOREWORD by Stephen K. Levine
As parents, we may have the experience of suddenly looking at our child and realizing with a shock that he or she knows more than we do. This happened to me in reading Kathleen Rea's fine new book. Kathleen has taken what she learned in the training we offered her at ISIS Canada and the European Graduate School and integrated it into her own unique body-based way of doing expressive arts therapy. Her method is grounded on her own experience as a woman, as a professional dancer, and as a therapist.