In psychotherapeutic treatment, the employment of experiential and expressive techniques that suggest the patient emotionally meaningful experiences is common. The paper presents, in particular, features and aims of the collage of images in the therapy with an adolescent or young adult patient, realized following the familiar-individual systemic model. The collage application procedure is introduced, dedicating particular attention to the information emerging from the collage realization process and from the selected images. The collage helps the young adult to tell about himself in a more spontaneous and flexible way, facilitates the recognition, on patient’s side, of significant features of his personality, it allows to deepen symptom’s knowledge; besides, through images, it is possible to increase the statement of the developed therapy and to accompany the young man in imaging his own future, with fears and desires. Three clinical cases, taken from different working environments and considered well representative of the instrument’s potentialities, are presented.
Keywords: Collage, personality, adolescent, experiential techniques, images, expressive techniques.