Date of Award

Spring 5-2012

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Marital and Family Therapy

School or College

College of Communication and Fine Arts

First Advisor

Anthony Bodlovic

Abstract

Our experiences over a lifetime are contained not only in our minds and psyches, but in the very structure of our bodies. Emotional pain can show up as blockage, restriction and habit patterns in both mind and body. Therefore, healing needs to take place on more than just the cognitive and mental levels; it needs to happen from the viscera of our beings, and from the unconscious realms into the conscious. In this heuristic study, I engaged material held more deeply inside myself by practicing yoga, making note of my dream material, and creating art. Used together, these practices had a powerful impact. Through them, I was able to gain insight into how I experience myself and the world, release some long and deeply-held pain, and experience healing around emotional issues. This experience provided emotional relief, and revealed resources and strengths I can draw on when I face future challenges. My hope is that it will help me in serving clients who are struggling with their own challenges.

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