Art making and its interface with dissociative identity disorder: No words that didn’t fit
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Sagan, O. (2018) Art making and its interface with dissociative identity disorder: No words that didn’t fit. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 14 (1), pp. 23-36.
Studies point to promising developments in expressive arts therapy work with clients who experience dissociation as one of a constellation of symptoms of trauma. Individuals diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, however, may be hesitant to engage with long-term therapy and its relationship. This article presents the case of one such individual, a participant in a narrative phenomenological study who was able to develop her own visual art-making practice. Reflections on this practice revealed that it offered a safe place for her to explore the voice of her “parts” hitherto silenced. Her narrative has implications for professionals working in the expressive and talking therapies.