Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis by Katherine Killick, Joy Schaverien

By Katherine Killick, Joy Schaverien

Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis unearths the original function of artwork treatment within the remedy of psychosis. Illustrating their contributions with scientific fabric and art created through consumers, skilled practitioners describe their paintings in quite a few settings. Writing from diversified theoretical standpoints they replicate the present artistic range in the occupation and its hyperlinks with psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, analytical psychology and psychiatry. partially I particular concerns keen on operating with psychosis are explored. those contain dialogue of the healing courting, the method of symbolisation, the character and that means of artwork made through psychotic sufferers and the interaction among phrases and photographs. half II recounts the historical past of artwork remedy and psychosis, tracing its origins in paintings, to its present-day function as a revered therapy in psychiatric, neighborhood and healing settings. Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis extends the prevailing idea, develops analytical methods in artwork psychotherapy and gives cutting edge views for college students and practitioners at the therapy of borderline states in addition to psychosis.

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However, with the psychotic patient it may be an unconscious and premature act—an attempt to be rid of something unacceptable. The disposal of the artwork is always significant and the therapist may intervene to keep the work and value it until the client is in a psychological state to make a conscious decision about its disposal. Furthermore, the development of a conscious attitude to disposal is an important element in the resolution of the transference. The series of pictures by Lena show how these stages apply in clinical practice.

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