Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Art in Art Therapy



First Advisor

Gerald Slusser

Second Advisor

Rebecca Glenn

Third Advisor

Richard Rickert


Art therapists are well trained in t he Freudian psycho- analytic approach to the unconscious . The expression of the non- verbal symbolic language is often viewed as an act of repression or defense . In this paper, theory and psychotherapy from a Jungian- transpersonal perspective are examined , including Jung's theory of the collective unconscious and archetypes. Inner experience and the symbolic language of psyche are viewed for their positive qualities and their healing potential.

Attitude s of the therapist toward the image and toward the client are re- examined from this alternate viewpoint . The Jungian-transpersonal perspective provides a more individualistic and therefore meaningful approach toward greater awareness for both therapist and client .

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