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Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis by Katherine Killick, Joy Schaverien

By Katherine Killick, Joy Schaverien

Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis unearths the original position of paintings remedy within the remedy of psychosis. Illustrating their contributions with scientific fabric and art created by way of consumers, skilled practitioners describe their paintings in numerous settings. Writing from assorted theoretical standpoints they mirror the present inventive range in the career 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 dating, the method of symbolisation, the character and which means of artwork made by way of psychotic sufferers and the interaction among phrases and images. half II recounts the historical past of artwork treatment and psychosis, tracing its origins in paintings, to its present-day function as a revered therapy in psychiatric, group and healing settings. Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis extends the present thought, develops analytical methods in artwork psychotherapy and provides leading edge views for college students and practitioners at the remedy of borderline states in addition to psychosis.

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This may bring the patient into the realm of the symbolic and so into community in the following way. The Imaginary is linked to the mirror phase. Here the first stages of separation from identification are evoked by the perception of the body image in a mirror. This usually takes place between the ages of 6 and 18 months and brings alienation and the realisation of the self viewed by an Other (Lacan 1949). It is in this perception that fragments of sensation cohere into a wholebody image. This is the beginning of difference, the perception of self and other heralds the realisation of an inner and an outer view of self.

This was only possible when Lena had moved to the stage of acknowledgement. She could then speak to me and the feelings became conscious and so manageable—most of time. Once such a metaphor can be used, a degree of symbolisation is available and a relationship is possible. Transference and transactional objects 27 This picture was an embodiment of the scapegoat transference in its true sense and it was also a magical fetish. It was a potent externalisation of an unconscious state which reveals the stage of identification.

Her; she was able admit her feelings for Dr Y to me and her feelings for me to him. A split transference inevitably developed and, although this is usually considered a disadvantage, it worked very well. This worked because the analytic process was adapted to the setting and neither of us attempted to interpret the transference; instead it was used as a symbolic holding. We made it clear to her that we communicated with each other, and so she was aware that the ‘parents were together’. This enabled her to feel safely held.

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