Production of space: functions of silence in art psychotherapy with a seven-year-old boy processing early attachment trauma

Manasseh-Benjamin,, Chloë Iza Rebecca (2020) Production of space: functions of silence in art psychotherapy with a seven-year-old boy processing early attachment trauma. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of teh Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Production of space: functions of silence in art psychotherapy with a seven-year-old boy processing early attachment trauma
Synopsis:

This thesis presents a retrospective investigation of a single case study of ten art psychotherapy sessions with a seven-year-old boy processing early attachment trauma. It applies a qualitative methodology, utilizing a psychodynamic, practitioner based, reflexive approach. The research questions the impact and functions of silence on the production of space within the therapeutic setting. It further explores the role of an attuned art therapist as a witness to a client’s trauma, early trauma’s impact on the body, attachment theory, neuroscience findings and the benefits of art psychotherapy. The hypothesis proposes that silence can be considered an abstract space of containment within an art therapy room which is aligned with the production of an activated affective space, for which imagination is key. The case study presentation centres on the role of an attuned art therapist in holding introduced silence, providing containment, and making sense of her client’s somatic presentations of implicit memories. In addition, the study explores how certain art media, such as paint and playdough can aid in bridging cognitive difficulties and symbolic processing.

Subjects: Art therapy > Thesis -- MA Art Therapy
Faculties > Faculty for the Creative Industries > Thesis - MA Art Therapy > Thesis -- MA Art Therapy
Faculties > Faculty for the Creative Industries > Thesis - MA Art Therapy > Thesis -- MA Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Thesis - MA Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2020 16:45
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2020 16:45
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/801
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