Art in existential psychotherapy with couples and families

Jim Lantz, Keith Alford

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The authors describe and outline how art can be used in existential psychotherapy to help a couple or family uncover, discover, and make use of the meanings and meaning potentials to be found in marital and family life. In existential psychotherapy with couples and families, art can be used to help the members of the relationship notice meaning potentials in the future, honor meaning potentials that have been actualized and deposited in the past, and discover new ways to actualize meaning potentials in the here and now.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-342
Number of pages12
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • art
  • couples therapy
  • existential psychotherapy
  • family therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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