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FOAT® History

History and Development of FOAT

FOAT® was developed by Dr. Laury Rappaport over a period of 30 years in various contexts— psychotherapy, art/expressive arts therapy, education, coaching, consulting, organizational and community development, health and wellness, meditation, spirituality, creativity, and personal growth.

What does FOAT stand for?

FOAT is an umbrella term for Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts including:

Clinical Applications:

  • Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy

  • Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts

Non-Clinical Applications:

  • Coaching

  • Community

  • Creativity

  • Education

  • Health and Wellness

  • Nature and Ecology

  • Organization Development

  • Personal Growth

  • Spirituality and Meditation

  • Anything you can imagine


What are the benefits of FOAT?

FOAT is a self-empowering method that teaches how to access and trust your own inner knowing, access your creativity, and to hear concrete steps that lead in the direction of positive growth and change. It is a practice leading to self-growth, authenticity, healing and transformation. 

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