The Artist in Therapy | 20th June 2015 | IN LONDON
The Artist in Therapy
The psychodynamics of creativity and the creative person’s therapeutic needs
With Elizabeth Wilde McCormick, Andrew Samuels, Joy Schaverien & Patricia Townsend
Saturday 20 June 2015
This conference considers the emotional world of the artist and the psychological basis of the creative process, exploring therapeutic work with painters, writers, poets and other highly creative people. Our speakers will be asking: do artists perceive life in a different or unusual way? Are they especially sensitive, more aware, perhaps less defended than those who are less expressive? Are they simply more gifted at transforming life into beauty?
The specific therapeutic issues that are thrown up when working with artists will be discussed, from the creative areas of consciousness to the nature of the work itself. We will consider our transference to the Artist as an archetype, the psychological function of the object created by the artist, the object relations of the artist’s imagined and real viewer or reader, and the boundary issues thrown up by acts of creativity in the consulting room itself.
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