Creative Arts Therapies Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

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


Creative Arts Therapies

First Advisor

Imus, Susan

Second Advisor

Downey, Laura

Third Advisor

Bell, Aisha


dance/movement therapy, anger management, counseling, heuristic study, anger, embodiment.


The purpose of this research study was to explore how the embodiment of aspects of anger may integrate within anger management counseling. Through this research, the first step was taken in exploring the physical expression of anger as an intervention tool in anger management counseling. A personal understanding of anger expression and management was established which may be utilized in future dance/movement therapy (DMT) sessions. This study was guided by multiple research questions: How might the embodiment of anger integrate with anger management counseling? How might the sensations, images, feelings, and thoughts experienced in anger management sessions lead to an embodied expression of anger? How might my embodiment of multiple aspects of anger lead to the development of dance/movement therapy interventions? In this heuristic study, I was the sole participant attending group anger management counseling as well as individual DMT sessions over the span of eight weeks. 74 pages.