Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2023

First Advisor

Megan Robb

Second Advisor

Jayashree George

Third Advisor

Shelly Goebl-Parker


Art Therapy and Bibliotherapy are both subfields in the creative/expressive arts world of therapeutic practice. Individually, art therapy and bibliotherapy have unique attributes that have the potential to improve a client’s overall therapeutic outcome. However, in pursuit of evidence-based practice, art therapy and bibliotherapy could benefit from further high-quality replicable studies. An exploration of the current research and emergent shared themes were undertaken. A single participant case study demonstrated Art Bibliotherapy in practice. Participant outcomes were increased emotional regulation, increased positive experience in therapy sessions, and increased positive self-esteem.


I would like to thank my chairperson, Megan Robb, for supporting my initial idea for this thesis, helping me lay the groundwork for what it became, and continuously revisiting my writing with me. Jayashree George for helping me find the narrative in the story of both Art Therapy and Bibliotherapy’s origins, her vast knowledge, and challenging me to expand my ideas beyond my imagination. Shelly Goebl-Parker for guiding me through the last leg of the writing process as well as fine-tuning my final draft.

A big thank you to Lovejoy Library, an important third space for me, where the initial investigation into this topic took place as well as where my final printing occurred.

I would also like to thank Elizabeth Winters, my supervisor at the time of this case study, and Kratz Elementary School for allowing me to provide Art Therapy services during the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

Lastly, I would like to thank “Katherine” for her vulnerability during our sessions and her Mother for allowing me to share her story.

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Art Therapy Commons