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‘I like your new coat’: The emergence of secure base and sense of self and other through an art psychotherapy relationship

21 September 2017

This article tells the story of Jenny, an adult who has moderate learning disabilities and who presented with challenging behaviour. It describes her journey in art therapy over a two-year period and draws on both qualitative and quantitative approaches to consider the impact of this art therapy intervention.

 

‘I LIKE YOUR NEW COAT’: THE EMERGENCE OF SECURE BASE AND SENSE OF SELF AND OTHER THROUGH AN ART PSYCHOTHERAPY RELATIONSHIP

by Siobhan Burns & Roseanne O’Shea

Published in the International Journal of Art Therapy

This article has been made FREE ACCESS until 28th February 2018.

ABSTRACT

Art therapists working with learning disabled clients are used to adapting an art therapy model to work in a way meaningful to the individual. The attuned response to working with past trauma may often be a more interactive responsive style depending on the ability of the client to process cognitive material.

This article illustrates in detail an example of an art therapy intervention which demonstrates a flexible, collaborative approach as well as presenting retrospectively gathered evidence of the outcomes of the work.

It highlights the ability of an art therapy relationship to enable positive changes in a client whose distressed behaviour could not be managed by behavioural strategies or use of psycho-active medication alone.

To read Jenny's (a pseudonym) story and see evidence of the outcomes of her art therapy please click here

 

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