Date of Award

Winter 1-24-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Dr. Lee Ann Thill


Art therapy is a modality used in clinical psychotherapy. It is supported through both quantitative and qualitative research. Branching out from art therapy is nature-based art therapy. This branch of expressive therapies holds the potential to be beneficial as art therapy due to the interconnected access to the scientific fields of ecology, ecopsychology, art therapy, expressive therapies, and other nature-based therapeutic activities; this includes intersectionality in ecological theories such as ecofeminism and deep ecology as well. Through an exploration of literature, this paper will provide definitions and theory-based support through reviewing clinical psychotherapy, evidence-based practices, and art therapy theories. The literature review will also provide a window into studies utilizing nature-based activities and interventions, and how these studies demonstrate the impact nature-based activities have on mental health and overall well-being. There is also an exploration of the impact of climate change on mental health and how it affects People of Color, Indigenous Populations, and other populations who experience environmental challenges based on the locale of their homes.

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