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Psicologia: teoria e prática

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FRANCO, Ricardo da S.  and  SEI, Maíra B.. Family secret and artistic-expressive resources in family psychotherapy: a theoretical-clinical study. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2019, vol.21, n.1, pp. 297-311. ISSN 1516-3687.

This study aimed to discuss the use of artistic-expressive resources in the psychoanalytic psychotherapy of couples and families through a theoretical-clinical study based on the clinical-qualitative method. The family secret consists of a message that cannot circulate freely in the family because it is associated with a traumatic or shameful situation experienced by one of the members of the family, with its disclosure possibly putting the maintenance of the family bonds at risk. Therefore, this defense mechanism of the family dynamic is implicated as one of the leading causes of couples and families withdrawing from psychotherapy. For the discussion, clinical vignettes of a case attended at a psychology school-service of a public university were used. It was observed that the use of artistic-expressive resources favored the emergence of unconscious contents and the development of the therapeutic process.

Keywords : Family therapy; Resistance; Psychoanalysis; School-clinics; Art therapy.

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