A co-authored exploration of a client’s experience of art psychotherapy for C-PTSD



This is a video abstract for the IJAT article by Neil Winter & Ali Coles: “‘The silent intermediary’: a co-authored exploration of a client’s experience of art psychotherapy for C-PTSD”: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17454832.2021.1898425

This article is part of IJAT Co-production Special Issue: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rart20/26/1-2?nav=tocList

“This article describes how a client (art therapee) with symptoms of complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) experienced art psychotherapy. The art therapee received therapy through a UK National Health Service community adult mental health team. The therapy sessions were on a weekly basis over an 18-month period.

The art therapee wrote about his art psychotherapy experience, and then he and his art psychotherapist identified some themes. They related his account to art psychotherapy theory and evidence and drew out implications of his experience for art psychotherapy research.

The art therapee found that an art psychotherapy approach was helpful in four main ways. It helped him to feel in control of the therapeutic process, and enabled him to express experiences of past abuse without having to use words. It gave him a sense of distance from his traumatic experiences. Finally, it helped him to connect with his creativity…”

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