Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Vivien Marcow Speiser


There is an emerging trend of nature-based expressive arts therapy with a developing body of research. The current literature indicates that there are numerous nature-based approaches and that they can be effectively applied to many populations. Some of the benefits of nature-based therapy are shifts in physiology such as lowered blood pressure, heart rate, and decrease in stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms. The approaches of nature-based therapeutic work include mindfulness and meditation, animal-assisted therapies, farm and work-based therapies, horticulture therapy, and nature-based expressive arts therapy. There are many effective applications of these frameworks that have been studied and some that have not been explored yet. There is a small but growing body of research in nature-based expressive arts therapy approaches for dealing with grief and loss. This literature review suggests that nature-based therapies might be effective for healing ambiguous loss. This thesis will explore some of the current research on nature-based expressive arts therapy, research on ambiguous grief and some suggested areas for exploration of nature-based interventions for grief and loss.

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