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Psychotherapy, Literature and the Visual and Performing Arts

  • Bruce Kirkcaldy


  • Suggests specific interventions that could be implemented in clinical practice

  • Offers academic and practitioner perspectives on psychotherapy and the arts

  • Provides insight into resource-oriented psychotherapies


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Literature and Narrative Therapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Gurvinder Kalra, Dinesh Bhugra, Antonio Ventriglio
      Pages 53-68
    3. Bruce Kirkcaldy, Ahmed Hankir
      Pages 69-91
  3. Theater and Dance Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Sarah de Sousa, Shauna Shapiro
      Pages 113-129
  4. Visual Arts, Music and Drama

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Vincent Egan, Anthony Beech, Laurence Burrow
      Pages 173-190
    3. Alexander-Stamatios Antoniou, Marina Dalla
      Pages 203-218
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 237-243

About this book


This book explores the relevance of literature and the performing and visual arts for effective clinical psychotherapy. There is a growing interest in the use of the arts in psychotherapy, in part due to an increasing awareness of the limitations in verbal communication and scepticism towards traditional forms of medical treatment. Gathering together perspectives from international practitioners this volume embraces the value of a range of mediums to psychotherapy, from film and photo-therapy to literature and narrative therapy. Based on theoretical studies, clinical expertise and experiential learning, authors offer detailed guidelines on the value of various art forms in practice. 


visual and performing arts clinical guidelines music therapy drama therapy dance movement psychotherapy art therapy mental health practice psychological intervention healthcare practitioner emotional intelligence personality disorcer creativity and mental health

Editors and affiliations

  • Bruce Kirkcaldy
    • 1
  1. 1.International Centre for the Study of Occupational and Mental HealthDüsseldorfGermany

About the editors

Bruce Kirkcaldy is Director of the International Centre for the Study of Occupational and Mental Health and has published over 230 articles including 11 books.

Bibliographic information


“Each essay is written by professionals in psychology or medicine who are also active participants in the visual or performing arts. Each chapter includes a historical review of the topic as well as a comprehensive review of the research literature. … This is a unique, wide ranging resource that will benefit clinicians wishing to expand their skills, interdisciplinary graduate programs, and researchers. Summing Up: Recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty and professionals.” (D. L. Loers, Choice, Vol. 56 (5), January, 2019)​