Impotency in the therapeutic relationship: a countertransference in art therapy with a young adult gay male

Tan, Huang Tat Chris (2014) Impotency in the therapeutic relationship: a countertransference in art therapy with a young adult gay male. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Impotency in the therapeutic relationship: a countertransference in art therapy with a young adult gay male
Synopsis:

Through this qualitative research the phenomenon of feeling impotent, or the perception of impotence, in relation to providing art therapy to a young adult gay male in Singapore was investigated. More specifically, the concept of countertransference within this particular therapeutic relationship was explored through response art. A literature review on the notion of transference, countertransference and impotency in psychotherapy and art therapy was conducted to provide a theoretical background to this research. Relevant literature on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community, especially in regards to the local context, was also studied to understand the considerations and implications of working with a client from this population. By using an instrumental single-case study of the client’s artworks, supported by the use of my own response art as reflected upon personally and through clinical supervision, I examined the phenomenon of impotency in the therapeutic relationship, and demonstrated how it can be effectively utilized. As a student-clinician, I have also highlighted the considerations of working with a gay client and the implications of erotic countertransference for a beginning art therapist, in the effort to affirm my clinical skill sets. This research aims to contribute to the expanding literature on the subject of countertransference, art therapy and clinical practice in the local context. It also suggests further research in homoerotic countertransference, the impact of the therapist’s self-disclosure, and the sharing of therapist’s response art with the client.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 08:50
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 08:50
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/337

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