Art Therapy


National University Hospital (NUH) , Singapore

Jan 2014 - Apr 2014 and Aug 2013 - Nov 2013

Grace Orchard School, Singapore

Jan 2013 - Apr 2013

Dissertation Title

Art Therapy's Role in Forming a Sense of Self in a Female Adolescent with Anorexia Nervosa

Dissertation Abstract

Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder for which the causes are multifactorial (Gull, 1873). As a result of the startling rise in number of adolescents being diagnosed in Asia and particular in Singapore, it has created a pressing need for mental health practitioners to focus on this population due to the psychological conflict underlying the diagnosis (The Straits Times, 2013; Gilman, 2009). The tangible physical symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa conveys “what cannot be spoken in words” whereby the individual has learned to use the body as a mode of communication through the process of art making the clients can begin expressing themselves in an adaptive manner (Hinz, 2006; Schaverien 1995: Levens, 1995). Finding one's own identity is an essential part of being an adolescent whereb, the individual develops and finds their own meaning and purpose while forming an integrated sense of self (Pressley, & McCormick, 2007; Jang & Choi, 2012). Theoretical framework of Winnicott’s True and False sense of self is used to examine and explore the underlying concern and conflict of Anorexia Nervosa in an adolescent as well as the clinical implications of the various
materials utilised within the art therapy practice (Tawzar,2003; Winnicott, 1971; Cottle, 2006). A single qualitative case study approach was utilised to explore and examine the occurrence of the False and True self, through the use of various materials used within the art therapy practice enabling the client to form a coherent integrated sense of self (McLeod, 2011; Aldridge, 1994; Edwards, 1999; Gilroy, 2006).