Date of Award

Spring May 2011

Access Restriction

Campus Access only Research Projects

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.