Creative Arts Therapies Theses


Jaquel Stokes

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Art in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling (MA)


Creative Arts Therapies

First Advisor

Kim Rothwell


Dance therapy, Heuristic, Teachers -- Influence


The purpose of this research was to explore and gain further insight into personal and professional roles. Through personal self-reflection, this researcher sought to better understand how her religious/spiritual and teacher roles influenced her professional identity as an emerging dance/movement therapist and counselor. This research study utilized and completed two full cycles of the heuristic methodology by engaging in two stages of data collection and data analyses, and therefore produced two creative syntheses through expressive movement. Nine co-researchers assisted during the investigation of personal and professional role identities. After analyzing and synthesizing the data as a whole, a movement piece was created (second creative synthesis) that sought to integrate both her personal and professional roles. Results demonstrated how her role identities coincided with various parts of her body and how these roles could be integrated both physically and psychologically. In addition, this researcher discovered that each role was significant in and of itself, and certain aspects of each role enhanced her emerging role as a dance/movement therapist.