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ART THERAPY FOR DEPRESSION: A CASE STUDY

L. M. Petre
Friday 9 November 2018 by Libadmin2018

ABSTRACT

Background: Everyone intuitively knows that art therapy works. Moreover, scientific literature recognized improvements with art therapy in depression. However, it is needed to provide evidence for the efficacy of art therapy and more standardized techniques in order to become an “evidence-based” treatment, both to confirm and increasing professional competence of the therapist, and enhancing the benefits of the patients with more prediction and control about the treatment. Methods: The Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory – III (MCMI-III), Beck Depression Inventory – II (BDI-II), and The Working Alliance Inventory (WAI) were used pre– and post-treatment for assessment of depression and therapeutic alliance. The art therapeutic process was structured in 10 sessions. Every therapeutic session consisted of a two-phase treatment – art creation and therapeutic intervention based on creative-expressive techniques such as drawing, collage, modeling, creative meditation and art genogram. Results: Art therapy decreased depressive symptomatology. Conclusions: The art therapeutic approach should be applicable for the most patients with depression and could be considered as a standard for clinical conceptualization and treatment in depression.

Keywords: depression, art therapy, creative-expressive techniques, art genogram, creative meditation


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