Attending to the chronic shame of individuals in recovery from addiction through art therapy

Vuillermoz, Annelaure (2016) Attending to the chronic shame of individuals in recovery from addiction through art therapy. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Attending to the chronic shame of individuals in recovery from addiction through art therapy
Synopsis:

Shame is an often unspoken but painful experience of feeling deeply bad and worthless as a person. It is an interpersonal problem rooted in early relational affective experiences that creates vulnerability to mental health issues (DeYoung, 2015). Chronic shame is a common denominator in all forms of addictions, recognised as contributing to addictive behaviours in the first place (Flores, 2007). Addressing shame is key along the recovery process, but clinically challenging (Potter- Efron, 2011). If art therapy is recognised as a relevant modality in the addiction field, few authors (Johnson, 1990; Wilson, 2000) studied its role in addressing shame. How can art therapy address the chronic shame of individuals in recovery from addiction? This single case study, following a practice-based line of enquiry, intended to describe the emergence of chronic shame and client responses to art therapy interventions. Selected case vignettes illustrate how Eve (pseudonym), a Singaporean woman in recovery, managed to move beyond her defences, engage meaningfully in therapy and address her core shame issues. Findings highlight how this process was facilitated in art therapy sessions by (1) relying on art materials’ properties to facilitate authentic emotional expression, using the Expressive Therapy Continuum, (2) promoting the expression of her shame while embodying acceptance, (3) building on therapeutic alliance and joint-looking of artworks to contain her intense experience.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2016 09:06
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2016 09:06
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/391

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