The bodymind model: A platform for studying the mechanisms of change induced by art therapy

J. Czamanski-Cohen, Karen L Weihs

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This paper introduces the bodymind model of Art Therapy and delineates the processes through which it has salutary effects on individuals coping with a variety of health related challenges. The goal of this model is to articulate how activation, reorganization, growth and reintegration of the self can emerge from bodymind processes activated by art therapy. It provides a framework for the conduct of research that will test the key theoretical mechanisms through which art therapy benefits clients. We expect this model to be a spring board for discussion, debate and development of the profession of art therapy. Furthermore, this model contribute to procedures to conduct sound mechanistic studies. Social scientists and medical professionals can also use the information to consider further how art making contributes to health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-71
Number of pages9
JournalArts in Psychotherapy
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2016



  • Art based interventions
  • Art therapy
  • Body and mind
  • Mechanistic studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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