‘Finding Chloe’s Voice: One-to-one Art therapy with a child affected by parental substance misuse’
This clinical project uses a single case study to examine art therapy sessions with a client called Chloe, a young girl who is selective mute and had experienced parental neglect, abuse, broken foster placements and was living in a unit. She was referred to this particular service due to her parents substance misuse. The introduction describes the placement setting and team. Relevant literature is then discussed in relation to the client group, child development and art therapy. Ethical considerations and referral procedures in obtaining the case study are outlined. The single case study is framed by hermeneutic phenomenology and analysed using thematic analysis. It presents the progression of a client’s art therapy journey using key sessions, accompanying images, reflections and linking to the literature. The themes that emerged were boundaries, concealing/revealing, separationindividuation, the maternal gaze and attunement. The findings point to the need for more longitudinal research one-to-one art therapy interventions with children from this client group.