Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Elizabeth Kellogg


The aim of this research is to explore the relationship of floral design principles and art therapy. My central concern started around adults who are not treated, undiagnosed, and who are in pre or post treatment for anxiety disorders and comorbid disorders. Literature supports the use of nature-based materials used in art therapy treatments of specific populations. A therapeutic community engagement project for adults with anxiety was explored which transformed into a developed method for an expressive therapies group for adults diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder. Behavioral and cultural community theoretical stances, as well as clinical experiences, and personal and artistic learning informed the outlined method of nature-based materials into the design for an art therapy method in a residential hospital setting. The purpose of this work was to create a method to inform, clarify, and add new knowledge to my understanding of using nature-based materials within art therapy treatment for adults diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). This paper illustrates a six-phase process of supporting and maintaining professional mental health practices of integrating art therapy treatments within a behavioral treatment program for adults diagnosed with OCD.

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