‘’I’m no Vincent Van Gogh’’: A single case study of a patient with acquired brain injury in relation to art psychotherapy.
Acquired brain injury (ABI) is an umbrella term for different types of traumatic events that can damage the brain post-birth. The current work discusses a single case study of a middle-aged lady who has suffered stroke in her early life, in relation to art psychotherapy. The work took place over a few months in a National Health Service (NHS) inpatient unit in Scotland. Relevant literature is examined in relation to ABI and art psychotherapy. Re-emerging themes of trauma, loss, and bereavement have informed the literature review. Attachment styles and transitions are also discussed. The present case study was conducted according to hermeneutic phenomenology, and issues of trustworthiness and ethics are presented in methodology. Thematic analysis aided to achieve this. Findings are discussed in relation to personal experience and with respect to the patient’s wishes. An informed patient background is given, and the description of a typical session of art psychotherapy helps to build a picture of the patient. An analytical, in-depth exploration of the patient’s images is included in the discussion and linked to previous literature. Finally, conclusions and recommendations for future practice are made. Consent and feedback forms may be found in the appendices.