Mentalizing in Art Therapy for a female adult diagnosed with borderline personality disorder

Lie, Ping Ling Pamela (2017) Mentalizing in Art Therapy for a female adult diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Masters thesis, Lasalle college of the arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Mentalizing in Art Therapy for a female adult diagnosed with borderline personality disorder
Synopsis:

People with a borderline personality often experience difficulties with affect regulation, thus compromising their ability to mentalize when emotional arousal gets beyond a certain point. This qualitative case study examined the role of mentalizing in art therapy as a treatment approach for a female adult diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). The central aim of this paper was to answer the following research questions: (1) In what ways might art therapy contribute to the mentalization capacity of a client with BPD? (2) What are the effects of mentalizing in art therapy on affect regulation in the client with BPD? A concise review of the existing literature on the concept of mentalization in the treatment of BPD, and an illustration of the use of mentalizing in art therapy through a detailed description of the case study is included. Individual art therapy sessions were conducted once a week, and qualitative data was collected over an eight-month period. Data collected included photo documentation of artworks created in therapy, trainee therapist’s observations, and case information by other healthcare practitioners. Through the utilization of visual reflection, empathy, attunement and joint attention in the art therapy sessions, the client was able to enhance her mentalization capacity resulting in self-awareness of existing maladaptive coping strategies, thus enabling her to gain better control of emotional reactions. The author concluded that mentalizing in art therapy seems to be a promising form of therapeutic approach for clients with BPD and presents suggestions for further research.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2017 11:06
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2017 11:06
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/415

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