Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Rebuilding and Empowering Psyche After Trauma: A Survivor's Journey Toward Healing, Self-Expression, and Artistic Creation
by Laband, Jordan K., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 54; 1692138
Abstract (Summary)

Through the use of artistic-creative methodology and alchemical hermeneutic exploration, this production thesis examines the creation of images and the process of dialoguing with them as a therapeutic tool, helping to heal and empower female trauma survivors. By acknowledging and interacting with images from the unconscious, one may begin to reintegrate split or dissociated parts of the Self, ultimately leading to the reunification of psyche. Drawing upon the theories of Jung, depth psychology, and expressive arts therapy, the author presents her personal journey toward healing, selfexpression, and empowerment, which involves active imagination and dialogues with created images. The production, two original paintings, illustrates the process of accessing the unconscious through interaction with images as a way of making meaning and healing from trauma, splitting, and dissociation. Using these ideas, mental health clinicians can gain an additional modality for the successful treatment of trauma survivors.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O, Jorge de la
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Womens studies, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Art therapy, Trauma
Publication Number: 1692138
ISBN: 978-1-321-69225-9
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