chapter  9
15 Pages

Regaining Balance Through Family Art Psychotherapy

ByKatie Wilson, Yvonne Rose

In this chapter, the authors describe a family's journey through family art psychotherapy within a child and adolescent mental health service. Family psychotherapy brought systemic thinking to bear – through curiosity, narrative questions and reflexivity – encouraging the opportunity for stories to unfold so that the family could be assisted in the development of new meanings. The authors present their work with a teenage girl, Ella, and her family which took place over a period of nine months. They describe selected therapy sessions and their observations and reflections, and focus on aspects of theory and practice which demonstrate the therapeutic enrichment of bringing these modalities together. An audio image recording was made with the family as part of a review process to help facilitate reflective conversations about their progress in therapy. The authors show the therapeutic benefits of including a multimodal approach within clinical practice.