An exploration of the use of a psychoeducation and mentalization-based approach within art psychotherapy, in an NHS Community Mental Health setting
Mentalization-based theory is a new approach within art psychotherapy to aid clients with a borderline personality disorder diagnosis. This study will be looking at a single case study of an individual attending art psychotherapy that uses a psychoeducation and mentalization-based approach within the NHS. Adopting a hermeneutic phenomenological methodology to look at the lived experience of the individual and using a thematic analysis to identify the key themes of dissociation, attachment and ability to mentalize for the client. The impact of COVID-19 is also touched upon in the single case study, to understand the changes in service provided for the client. Reflections on the practice found that using a mentalization-based approach helped the client to explore emotions and feelings through specific art-based activities, that were previously unexplored. Key words: Art Psychotherapy, Attachment, Borderline Personality Disorder, Dissociation, Mentalization, Psychoeducation.