Therapist Self-Care and the Utilization of Art

This paper reflects upon the foundational role of self-care in renewing and revealing therapist and client mental health. Reasons for and types of self-care are discussed, with a focus specifically on meditation and art for therapists, as well as some of the reasons therapists may resist performing self-care. Because art as self-care can be useful and essential not only for therapists, but also for clients, this paper will also discuss the process of creating a ten-week program that utilizes art in therapy for serious and persistently ill clients in rural southwest Minnesota. Therapists that take care of themselves by performing self-care are more efficient and effective therapists, and they are better capable of being able to provide for the serious and persistently mentally ill clients that are targeted by the grant written by this writer.

Stephanie R. Clausen
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