Mental illness is a serious problem in the U.S. and has historically been treated using traditional psychotherapies. However, mind/body modalities such as those in the field of somatic psychology are beginning to be recognized as alternative treatments. Tai chi is also a mind/body healing practice that has potential links to somatic psychology. A purposive sample of 10 clinicians was interviewed regarding the incorporation of tai chi in psychotherapy. Data was collected via semistructured interviews, transcribed, and was analyzed using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) producing three themes and eight subthemes. The three themes included (1) tai chi and theoretical models; (2) tai chi in psychotherapy; and (3) tai chi as a resource. The findings have theoretical and clinical implications for the role of tai chi in psychotherapy.
|Advisor:||Ahlström, Henry, Ellis, Erica|
|Commitee:||Carleton, Jacqueline A.|
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology|
|Department:||Clinical Psychology: Somatic Concentration|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Alternative Medicine, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Meditation, Mind/body, Mindfulness, Movement, Psychotherapy, Tai chi|
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