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.
|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|
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