Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis

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Paintings, Psychotherapy and Psychosis finds the original position of artwork remedy within the remedy of psychosis. Illustrating their contributions with scientific fabric and paintings created via consumers, skilled practitioners describe their paintings in a number of settings. Writing from diverse theoretical standpoints they mirror the present inventive range in the career and its hyperlinks with psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, analytical psychology and psychiatry.

In half I particular concerns inquisitive about operating with psychosis are explored. those contain dialogue of the healing courting, the method of symbolisation, the character and which means of paintings made via psychotic sufferers and the interaction among phrases and photographs. half II recounts the historical past of paintings treatment and psychosis, tracing its origins in artwork, to its present-day function as a revered therapy in psychiatric, neighborhood and healing settings.

Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis extends the prevailing thought, develops analytical ways in artwork psychotherapy and gives leading edge views for college students and practitioners at the remedy of borderline states in addition to psychosis.

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The relationship to the picture was beginning to become triadic, client-picture-therapist. When the therapist exists as a person in the mind of the patient, the picture may be related to a talisman and it may even symbolise the relationship. A year after Lena’s admission, Dr X had left and had been replaced by Dr Y. In psychiatry it is common practice for junior doctors to move departments on sixmonthly rotation. When this change took place I had encouraged Lena to make a picture to express her feelings of loss.

The symbolic or the transcendent function was not activated. As a transactional object this picture was a fetish; it was a result of acting out of the unconscious state rather than a conscious enactment. The relationship to the picture was the dyadic client-picture-client-picture. This is different from the talisman which holds the feeling for another person in a conscious or semi-conscious manner and it is ‘an enactment in a culture’ (Schaverien 1991:152). Although it was associated with another person, the doctor, the picture did not hold a feeling state in relation to him.

The picture was a talisman; it was consciously valued, and embodied the significance of the therapeutic relationship. The last two pictures that I shall show here were made in the same session many months later. 6 a figure in the sky sits, surrounded by stars, on a moon. The whole is painted in white on bright blue paper and contains the words ‘FANTASY WORLD’. 7 is painted in black on orange paper and shows a figure sitting at the bottom of a mountain-like structure in a pool of tears. The tears come from two eyes which look down from the sky, in which is written ‘REAL WORLD’.

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