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

This paper researches the effectiveness of art making, Bikram Yoga, and Personal Journaling as strategies for self-care among therapists. Literature indicates self-care is an important and essential practice for health care practitioners to best serve their clients. Literature on art making, yoga, and personal journaling are pro-active strategies in implementing self-care. The heuristic study involves a systematic process over three weeks, for the therapist to engage in all three of these activities. The data revealed immediate positive changes and a more balanced approach with clients. The techniques promoted feelings of being more present and grounded in the moment, enhanced levels of awareness, and released a sense of control in life’s daily happenings. The final art product served as a physical manifestation of the need for containment and detachment, cultivating emotional regulation. The research demonstrates the different activities that are imperative in supporting the practitioner in necessary practices of self-care.

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