Series Title: Rethinking Research and Professional Practices in Terms of Relationality, Subjectivity and Power

Art Psychotherapy & Narrative Therapy: An Account of Practitioner Research

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ISSN: 2210-2833 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-167-0 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-118-2 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2010
DOI: 10.2174/97816080511821100101


This book is a personal, political and philosophical exploration of doing both therapy and research: an enquiry into how the process of therapy shapes the therapist as well as the client, and how the researcher is shaped by her research. A guiding theme is the proposal, following Foucault and Nikolas Rose, that psychotherapy is constituted, through forms of modern power, as a crucial contemporary site of both governance and resistance. As well as giving an account of the author's clinical and research practices as an art psychotherapist and narrative therapist, the book offers a highly readable introduction to poststructural theory and innovative social sciences methodologies, while expanding the understanding and practice of these theories and methodologies. The book embodies and performs what it describes, engaging readers far more strongly in complex theoretical material than is possible in an expository text. The poststructural, autoethnographic approach taken in this book is unique in the field of the arts therapies.

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Review 1

“I can (truly) say that this book opens up new and exciting territory for art therapy, an invisible wall has at last been dismantled. It is a very brave book as well as a very scholarly book…

…As someone also researching and writing a re-thinking of art therapy by an incorporation of poststructuralist thinking, I have, indeed, found myself transformed by this book.” – Dr. Sally Skaife

ATOL: Art Therapy Online – Volume 3, Issue 1, 2012