The article introduces the use of art images in therapy, in function to the use of patient’s self and the therapist. The discovery of mirror neurons has shown that intersubjectivity and empathy create conditions as a result of which the mind of each "feels heard from the other’s mind" (Siegel, 2001). The use of images allows, in this perspective, to go beyond the verbal channel through reaching the emotional - affective component and the individual optical unconscious. It also allows fostering emotional attunement between therapist and patient and to use of the self in both subjects in function to the therapeutic relation and change. Two clinical cases are also presented, an individual and a couple therapy, with a systemic - relational orientation. Both cases highlight the evocative power of the image and allow to gain a better understanding of the connection between the theoretical framework, to which the technique refers to, and the enforcement of such technique. Through the description of the cases, it is highlighted the effects produced through use of art images during the building of the relationship between therapist and patient, in an embodied and emotional tuning simulation perspective.
Keywords: Psychoanalysis; Systemic-Relational Orientation; Use of Art Images in Therapy; Optical Unconscious; Intersubjectivity; Empathy; Emotional Tuning; Use of the Self of the Thera