Date of Award
Dr. Jayashree George, DA, ATR-BC, LMFT, SEP, Chair
Megan Robb, ATR-BC, LPC, NCC
Shelly Goebl-Parker, LCSW, ATR-BC, CDFT
The aim of this arts based heuristic study was to uncover emergent themes through an intensive immersion in clay work to deepen my own embodiment and understanding of my identity as an art therapist in training and artist. As I moved through the immersion process, I experienced several mechanisms of change often theorized as reasons why art therapy works. By experiencing these mechanisms of change on a personal level, I have strengthened my ability to understand how these mechanisms work and their potential effects on clients. This has led to a better understanding and acceptance of my identity and the state of liminality in which I often feel suspended. I strengthened my identity as an artist and art therapist and experienced unexpected evolutions in imagery that pointed to the inner workings of mechanisms of change.
O'Loughlin, Kirsten, "Art Therapy: Mechanisms of Change and Identity: A Heuristic Study" (2023). Art Therapy Counseling Final Research Projects. 13.