Date of Award
Spring May 2012
Campus Access only Research Projects
Master of Arts
Marital and Family Therapy
School or College
College of Communication and Fine Arts
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.
Minardi, Gina Marie, "Effectiveness of Self-Care: A Heuristic Study Exploring Art Making, Bikram Yoga, and Personal Journaling" (2012). LMU/LLS Theses and Dissertations. 115.