Contemporary Family Therapy

, 27:545 | Cite as

Bilateral Art: Integrating Art Therapy, Family Therapy, and Neuroscience

  • Carole M. McNamee


This paper describes the systemic use of a neurologically-based art therapy modality—bilateral art—that engages both dominant and non-dominant hands in the process of creating images in response to opposing cognitions or feelings. It describes both neuroscience and family therapy perspectives that argue for the use of bilateral art. A specific protocol for bilateral art therapy is provided along with a case study demonstrating integration of the protocol into the systemic treatment of a young family.


family therapy art therapy neuroscience bilateral art 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human DevelopmentVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburg

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