Art Therapy and Gender

  • Belén Sanz-Aránguez Ávila
  • María del Río Diéguez


The intent of this text is to show how the artistic medium brings an experiential framework into play. This framework facilitates the integration of sensorial, affective, cognitive, and relational elements, wherein it is possible to address some of the difficulties derived from the patriarchal structure inherent to Western societies.

Many of the creative processes developed within the framework of the therapeutic device we are proposing, which have proven to be key in initiating significant individual subjectivity, must be observed from a gender perspective in order to be understood and addressed from that “network of beliefs, personality traits, attitudes, values, behaviors and activities that differentiate men from women” (Burin & Meler, 2000, p. 23) [Burin M, Meler I, Varones. Género y subjetividad masculina (Men. Gender and masculine subjectivity), Paidós, Buenos Aires, 2000].

We will take these processes, insofar as they are discursive inscriptions allowing to reframe formulas regarding power, control, and regulation which, a priori, appear to be unshakeable, as the axes of our presentation.


Art therapy Gender Art Psychopathology Languages 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Belén Sanz-Aránguez Ávila
    • 1
  • María del Río Diéguez
    • 2
  1. 1.University Hospital Puerta de Hierro MajadahondaMadridSpain
  2. 2.Autónoma University of MadridMadridSpain

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