Treating Women With Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) With a Hybrid Cognitive Behavioural and Art Therapy Treatment (CB-ART)

Arch Womens Ment Health. 2017 Feb;20(1):229-231. doi: 10.1007/s00737-016-0668-7. Epub 2016 Sep 19.


This paper presents an overview of a combined, evaluated protocol, cognitive behavioural and art therapy treatment (CB-ART), for the treatment of women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). The protocol integrates cognitive behavioural interventions and art therapy. CB-ART focuses on changing distressing image, symptom or memory (ISM) that interferes with functioning. The method directs clients to identify compositional elements that characterize their stressful ISM and to alter the element in their imagination, in bodily sensations and on the page. Examples are provided to illustrate the therapeutic process.

Keywords: Art therapy; Cognitive behavioural interventions; Mental images; Mothers’ mental health; PMAD.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anxiety / psychology
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Anxiety Disorders / therapy*
  • Art Therapy*
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Depression / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mood Disorders / psychology
  • Mood Disorders / therapy*
  • Pregnancy
  • Treatment Outcome