Mindfulness-Based Art Therapy and Stress Reduction with Veterans Living in Transitional Housing
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Degree Granting Institution
Notre Dame de Namur University
John Lemmon, PhD
Amy Backos, PhD, ATR-BC
Richard Carolan, EdD, ATR-BC
Veterans living in a transitional housing facility participated in an eight-week mindfulness-based art therapy group with the goal to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress, as well as increase mindful awareness and well-being.
The results indicated that depression, anxiety and stress reduced over the course of the group and additionally, the veterans reported subjective experience of reduced symptoms and increased coping skills. Present moment awareness increased slightly. Art analysis indicates qualitative changes in the veteran’s self portraits including shifts in energy levels such as increased energy and shifts in mental health status. This research shows promising benefits for teaching veterans to manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress by using art therapy and mindfulness.
Wittmershaus, Chanel R., "Mindfulness-Based Art Therapy and Stress Reduction with Veterans Living in Transitional Housing" (2013). Art Therapy | Master's Theses in Print. 258.