1st Edition

Time-Limited Art Psychotherapy
Developments in Theory and Practice

Edited By

Rose Hughes

ISBN 9780415834773
Published January 21, 2016 by Routledge
244 Pages 21 Color & 26 B/W Illustrations

USD $39.95

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Book Description

Time-limited Art Psychotherapy: Developments in Theory and Practice comes at a watershed in the provision of art psychotherapy in public services. The increase in 'payment by results', clinical throughput and evidence-based practice, as well as the changing NHS context means there is an increasing need to provide effective therapeutic treatments within brief time limits where appropriate.

The book brings together the developments in theory and practice in time-limited working strategies emerging in the field. The contributors, all practising therapists, examine the practice of time-limited art therapy with different clients in a range of settings, with a variety of approaches, showing how they react and adapt to the changing face of mental health services.

Time-limited Art Psychotherapy will be essential reading to trainers and trainees in art psychotherapy and other schools of psychotherapy who integrate creative approaches within their practice. It will also form a useful contribution to the continuing professional development for a range of psychological therapists and practitioners of integrated psychotherapies such as CAT and mentalisation based therapies amongst others.

Table of Contents

Dedication, Acknowledgements. Huet, Foreword. Hughes, Introduction. Springham, Time-Limited Art Psychotherapy: Theory from Practice and Teaching. Wood, Quick Sketches and Snapshots for Brief Art Therapy: As a Time-Limited Approach. Hughes, The Integration of Art Psychotherapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy in Practice. Thorne, Portrait of Self and Other. Developing a Mentalisation Focused Approach to Art Therapy Within a Personality Disorder Service. Atkins, Solution Focused Art Psychotherapy in Assessment, Treatment and Review. Doyle, Time-Limited Group Work in an Art Psychotherapy Group. Solomon, Brief, Time-Limited Art Psychotherapy with Imagery and Cognitive Restructuring, Research and Practice. Grandison, Rothwell-Johns, Notes on Service Design for Art Psychotherapists Working in Time-Limited Group Programmes on Inpatient Mental Health Wards. Liebmann, Time-Limited Art Psychotherapy in a Community Mental Health Team: Individual Work. Liebmann, Francis, Time-Limited Group Work in a Community Mental Health Team: A Short-Term Art Psychotherapy Group for Asian Women.

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Rose Hughes is an HCPC registered art psychotherapist and UKCP registered psychotherapist, working in private practice and in the NHS. She has worked primarily in adult mental health since 1983.


‘This is a timely publication. Art therapists are increasingly required, for clinical and for financial reasons, to provide time-limited therapy both in the NHS and in other settings. To do this they need to build new, well-grounded models of art therapy treatment and this book is a welcome addition to the literature they can draw on in this endeavour.’ - Tim Wright Chair: BAAT, West London Mental health NHS Trust; British Association of Art Therapists

'Art therapy traditionally was unimodal in terms of psychotherapy orientations – or even non-modal. This book reflects the advances that have occurred, integrating the major evidence-based modalities of psychological therapy with the work of art psychotherapists. It is an excellent and essential book for all those practising or studying this important field.' - Peter Fonagy, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis and Head of the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, UCL; Chief Executive, Anna Freud Centre

"This is exactly the book I have been waiting for!

Rose Hughes has brought together a group of art therapists who are rooted in contemporary practice and who offer valuable and timely help to today’s practitioners. At this book’s heart lies a clear-eyed appraisal of the challenges and constraints that characterise modern public service contexts. Hughes, Springham and Wood clearly articulate the dilemmas for therapists in addressing the diverse and complex needs of service users within the available resources at a time of austerity. They advance time-limited therapy as a strategy to promote collaborative approaches, and encourage service users to increase their sense of agency. All the contributors make the case for using adapted shorter-term models which involve integrating art psychotherapy with; Mentalisation-Based Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Brief Solution-focused Therapy, and all approach this with creativity.

Time-Limited Art Psychotherapy successfully offers a much needed bridge between theory and practice, and as Hughes so memorably puts it "this book will help us keep our nerve!" - Laura Richardson, Professional Lead for Arts Therapies, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

"Overall the book's chapters flow seamlessly from one to another, achieving its aim of integrating therapy and practice, and leaving me feeling inspired and somewhat reassured that time-limited interventions can, and do, have a positive impact." - Claire O'Brien, PTUK Certified Play Therapist