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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Healing Psyche Through Expressive Arts: Expressing and Dialoguing With Living Images
by Freie, Barbara C. Lippert, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 111; 1527502
Abstract (Summary)

This production thesis utilizes artistic-creative and heuristic methodologies along with an organic inquiry in exploring expression of and dialogue with images as a therapeutic method of healing and restoring soul. Specifically, accessing the unconscious by working with images facilitates the reintegration of fragmented parts of self, thereby restoring the soul/psyche loss that occurs during trauma dissociation. Influenced by Jungian, depth, and archetypal theory as well as expressive arts therapy, the author presents her personal work and engages in interactive and intuitive dialogue with energetic images arising from experiences during graduate studies. The production, 53 original drawings and one sculpture, informs depth psychology through the author’s access to the mundus imaginalis, in the realm of the world of the soul, through dialoguing with images as a way of healing from traumatic dissociation. This image-based depth psychological method is informative for mental health clinicians working with trauma survivors.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Miller, Kathee
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology
Publication Number: 1527502
ISBN: 978-1-303-78340-1
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