By Katherine Killick, Joy Schaverien

Art, Psychotherapy and Psychosis unearths the original function of artwork treatment within the therapy of psychosis. Illustrating their contributions with medical fabric and art created by way of consumers, skilled practitioners describe their paintings in numerous settings. Writing from assorted theoretical standpoints they replicate the present inventive range in the occupation and its hyperlinks with psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, analytical psychology and psychiatry. partly I particular concerns interested in operating with psychosis are explored. those contain dialogue of the healing courting, 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 heritage of artwork 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 conception, develops analytical techniques in paintings psychotherapy and gives leading edge views for college kids and practitioners at the remedy of borderline states in addition to psychosis.

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Chapter 2 Unintegration and containment in acute psychosis Katherine Killick INTRODUCTION This chapter draws on material from six years of psychotherapeutic work which I undertook with a schizophrenic patient in the environment of an art therapy department in a large psychiatric hospital. I shall discuss the material with particular reference to the work of Bick, Bion and Meltzer. I propose that the analytical art therapy setting came to constitute a containing object for the patient’s unintegrated state of mind.

Pictures which contain words in addition to images might be understood to exhibit the perpetual interplay between the need to change and the need to remain the same. Thus the picture mediates in the therapeutic relationship, creating a space where none at first exists. It plays a significant part in bringing the unconscious to consciousness and in facilitating relationship. The picture is a multi-faceted transactional object. NOTES 1 For a distinction between the transactional object, ‘the transitional object’ (Winnicott 1971) and ‘the transformational object’ (Bollas 1987), see Schaverien (1994b, 1995).

When this is transposed to culture, women could be considered to be outside the symbolic order; a further implication of this might be that all women are psychotic. Much feminist psychological theory has centred around this debate, for which I do not have space here. ) 7 For a detailed discussion of the distinction between diagrammatic and embodied images, see Schaverien (1987, 1991) 8 This picture is discussed in an earlier paper (Schaverien 1982). REFERENCES Avens, R. (1980) Imagination is Reality, Dallas: Spring Publications.

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