Analytical Art Psychotherapy was a new term introduced because ‘neither art therapy nor art psychotherapy satisfactorily expresses the full import of the pictured image as an object of transference itself, within the transference and countertransference dynamic’ (1991:6)
The Scapegoat Transference: The picture in analytical art Psychotherapy, as a result of a transference of attributes and states, may become a scapegoat within the therapeutic relationship’. (1991:30)
The Diagrammatic Image is an image that is often rudimentary or linear and is made to the tell something to the therapist. Although it may be very important in the sense of revealing previously unspoken about memories and bringing them into the interaction the picture itself changes nothing in the psyche of the artist.
The Embodied Image is one that is formative in a psychological sense. In its making it changes something in the psyche of the artist. It articulates states for which there are no words. Therefore words cannot substitute such an image.
This article is from the tenth anniversary edition of the journal Art Therapy On Line (ATOL) and it is a postscript to the new edition of the book The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy. It is illustrated with pictures made by the therapist. To read this article follow this link.