Exploring the unspeakable: sensorimotor processes in art therapy with a child with suspected sexual abuse

Chan, Shu Yin (2019) Exploring the unspeakable: sensorimotor processes in art therapy with a child with suspected sexual abuse. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Exploring the unspeakable: sensorimotor processes in art therapy with a child with suspected sexual abuse
Synopsis:

This paper explores the therapeutic benefits of sensorimotor art processes in individual art therapy with a child suspected of having experienced sexual abuse in Singapore. The sensitive nature of child sexual abuse, societal stigma and barriers to disclosure presented unique challenges in providing therapy. Using a qualitative practitioner-based reflective single case study methodology, this research draws on recent developments in trauma, neurobiology and art therapy to show how sensorimotor processes can therapeutically benefit trauma healing and integration. The nonverbal sensorimotor aspects of client-led slime-making are hypothesised to enable the accessing and processing of traumatic memories without requiring disclosure or dialogue of the abuse. The process also enabled pendulation, building the client's confidence and collaboration with the therapist. The repetitive sensorimotor processes facilitated self-regulation, serving as a bottom-up regulation from the brain stem, which is hypothesised to have the accessing and processing of traumatic memories without requiring disclosure or dialogue of the abuse. The process also enabled pendulation, building the client;s confidence and collaboration with the therapist. The repetitive sensorimotor processes facilitated self-regulation, serving as a bottom-up regulation from the brain stem, which is hypothesised to have towards sexuality helped the client transition to the next stage of therapy. Secrecy, ambivalence and testing of boundaries were themes that emerged. This study hopes to strengthen the case for art therapy in treating children and possibly adults, who experienced sexual abuse especially in Singapore. The use of sensorimotor processes for clients with undisclosed sexual abuse, as well as the therapeutic benefits of unconventional material like slime, are potential areas for failure research.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Art Therapy > Art Therapy -- Children
Art Therapy > Thesis -- MA Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 03:25
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2020 03:02
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/598
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