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ALECIO FILHO, Sergio Luiz. From the courtyard to a possible encounter: clay on the treatment of a psychiatric patient. Junguiana [online]. 2021, vol.39, n.2, pp. 69-78. ISSN 2595-1297.

This article aims to report the experience of psychological treatment offered to a patient who lived in a hospital specialized in mental health. He presented symptoms of self and hetero-aggressive outbursts, in addition to a ritual of spreading his own feces on the hospital walls. An intervention with the use of clay was proposed as an expressive resource. This material was shown to the patient during the sessions that occurred three times a week over one year. During the process, it was possible to see the improvement on the aggressive symptoms and the remission of the rituals with the feces. The clay provided the de-potentialization of the aggressive contents of the client's psyche and acted as an intermediary object between patient and therapist.

Palavras-chave : mental health; clay; expressive resource; de-potentialization.

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