The entangled butterfly and the blue cactus: two case studies on time-limited psychodynamic art psychotherapy
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The aim of these two case studies is an in-depth analysis of the practice of scribbling in time- limited psychodynamic art psychotherapy. Our hypothesis is that the answers to "What do you see?" change as therapy proceeds, due to changes in emotions and cognitions expressed in scribbles and amplifications. The treatment is one hour per week for ten weeks, exempli- fied by two women with depression selected for differences in age, demographics and art expression. Analysis of the pictures and words is in two steps. The pictures were first tran- scribed into words using a phenomenological approach and then analysed according to con- tent analysis. Correspondingly, the words of the sessions were first transcribed verbatim and then analysed according to content analysis. The results show that the even if the two women have the same diagnosis at inclusion according to DSM IV, the symptoms of depression are expressed differently both in how they are manifested and in latent messages in the content analysis. The two women’s therapies can be divided into three phases each marked by turning points in the pictures – hence the pictures rather than the words set the theme for the phase. On leaving therapy the patients are able to use their drawings, their amplifications are in a complete form, they symbolise in words what they have expressed in pictures.
The study’s conclusion is that the practice of scribbling seems to give a better capacity to regulate affects and, hence, a better regulation of the self. The women used not only their intellects but also their bodies in making latent communications manifest; their self-esteem improved as therapy proceeded, and they regained a sensitivity of "me – not me", i.e. better boundaries. The clinical implications are that the time-limited model of art psychotherapy is well suited to process emotions connected with depression, and that the patient’s problem should determine the length of the time limit.
Time-limited psychodynamic art psychotherapy, Scribble, Case study, Depression.
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-3286OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-3286DiVA: diva2:141823