Date of Award

Spring 5-2011

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Marital and Family Therapy

School or College

College of Communication and Fine Arts


The journey to health using felt-sense and self-care is depicted in this qualitative sequential research design. While finding the balance between schoolwork and clinical work during art therapy graduate school, the researcher used Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy techniques to address somatic experiences and respond to them using art-making and written reflections. After completing the heuristic phase of the research, the researcher then Created a structured workshop to explore how other art therapists experienced and assessed the Focusing-oriented Art Therapy process to respond to their own felt-sense of stress and of self-care. The researcher was able to highlight the importance of attending to somatic experiences and utilizing self-care to counter- balance the stress associated with the art therapy profession both personally and for the workshop participants.