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Working With Addiction Through Surf Therapy: A Phenomenological Exploration of Healing
by Harris, Katrina B., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 55; 1691291
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis introduces surf therapy as an adjunct treatment modality for trauma and addiction, which can be used in collaboration with existing twelve-step and cognitive behavioral therapy models. Focusing on the mind–body split that occurs in response to relational trauma and addiction, this thesis offers a three-component clinical approach to healing that includes: mindfulness-based interpersonal skills groups, surfing groups, and process groups. The surf therapy model developed by the author views the person as a holistic system, thus incorporating a creative and holistic approach toward healing the psyche and facilitating embodiment. Using a phenomenological methodological approach, this thesis explores the psychosomatic wounds of trauma and addiction in an archetypal framework, while also considering Jungian, attachment, and somatic-based theories and associated neuroscience as they relate to surfing as a healing modality.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boyd, Barbara
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Addiction, Mindfulness, Somatics, Surfing, Trauma
Publication Number: 1691291
ISBN: 978-1-321-64268-1
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