Thesis Title

Increasing Communication with Couples Using Art Therapy

Graduation Date

Spring 2015

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy


John Lemmon, PhD

First Reader

Jennifer Harrison, PsyD, DAAETS, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Sarah Mark, MFT


The hypothesis for this study was that using art therapy techniques would improve communication within couples. Five couples participated in the study and they completed four one hour sessions. Each session introduced a new art directive for each participant to complete and share with their partner. At the beginning of the first session and the end of the last session the couples were given a Primary Communication Inventory (PCI) and a Relationship Assessment Scale (RAS). Results indicated a statistically significant increase in communication within couples. The findings of this study may be helpful to art therapists working with couples.