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Makise, H. (2013). Clinical Practice with a Child's Drawings from Kleinian and Lacanian Perspectives. Brit. J. Psychother., 29(3):358-372.

(2013). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 29(3):358-372

Clinical Practice with a Child's Drawings from Kleinian and Lacanian Perspectives

Hidemoto Makise, Ph.D.

Clinical practice with children using drawing always provokes surprise, and one of the surprises concerns the diversity in the speech of the child as they draw. If we pay attention to children's speech, we can comprehend children's internal world better, and explore their symptom as a question. In this article, I explore the interpretation of children's speech, through considering a clinical case of a boy using drawing, making use of a drawing method in which there is a transition from one sheet of paper to another. I also look for a point of contact between clinical practice with drawing, and elements of Lacanian psychoanalysis. This approach builds upon, and also then differs from Kleinian perspectives. The paper begins with an account of my work in a nursery with a child drawing, and then moves on to consider both a Kleinian perspective, and some ideas from Lacanian psychoanalysis which particularly concern my interventions as forms of interpretation. Particular emphasis is given to the Lacanian principle of scansion.

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