By Lisa B. Moschini

This ingenious consultant provides paintings remedy thoughts for tricky consumers the place the common therapist-client interplay can frequently be far-off, not easy, and problematical. providing functional and theoretical info from a large choice of therapy populations and diagnostic different types; and incorporating person, team, and relatives treatment case reports, the textual content is full of examples and over a hundred and fifty illustrations taken from the author’s 16 years of expertise operating with enormous quantities of consumers. the writer is a certified Marriage and kin Therapist with a Master’s measure in medical artwork treatment. The textual content comes with an accompanying CD-ROM consisting of full-color images and extra fabric now not present in the booklet.

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The ego, to avoid anxiety or hostility, returns to a safe haven, a developmental point in the past, where it can rely 36 In My Defense upon a dependent position for comfort. The satisfaction that the individual achieves can be all encompassing, as with psychosis, or partial. Laughlin (1970) classifies regression as either “minor,” which he defines as transitory and tending to be secondary to the mental illness, or “major,” which he associates with psychotic reactions and which is a prominent influence in the individual’s life.

He offered no further elaboration. The group fell silent as I asked for feelings on the drawing. It only took one individual to point out the broken glass shards and the brown border before all were agreeing that the image looked anxious and fearful. The client, thrown off guard, attempted to dismiss and minimize the group’s input. However, by stepping back from his defensive position and observing his own art production, he eventually spoke of his fears—without sermonizing, without bravado—just as a person afraid of a community that had not embraced him for numerous years.

What does any of this have to do with art therapy? Everything. The use of art therapy allows clients to break through their well-honed defenses and provides an emotional release. If we look at symbolization, in which one object or idea is employed to represent another, the art product is the symbol. If we review projection, the client is able to project verbally unacknowledged feelings through his or her creations. With the neurotic defense of asceticism impulses are denied to such a point that masochistic pleasure can become a source of gratification.

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