2/10/2020 Week 3, dream reflection, “Feeling the Weight of my Trauma” In this post, I will be revealing the raw data within Week 3 from my study, “Self-Care after Trauma: A heuristic inquiry using Art Therapy, Journaling, and Dream reflection.” What consists within the raw data is all of my artwork, journal entries, and documented … Continue reading Self-Care after Trauma: Learning Sexual Boundaries while Feeling Frustrated and Exhausted (week 3 of my study)
1/20/2020, Week 1, "My Reality" In this post and all the ones following that mention “Week 1-5” will be revealing the raw data from my study, “Self-Care after Trauma: A heuristic inquiry using Art Therapy, Journaling, and Dream reflection.” The raw data consists of all my art, journal entries, and documented dreams that was expressed … Continue reading Self-Care after Trauma: Toxic gender and sexuality mindsets (week 1 of my study).
Fall of 2019 If you have not read the first post that shared the introduction of my thesis, you can read it, here. I would suggest reading that so you can have a better understanding of the topic of my study since this post will be sharing the next part which is the methodology, or … Continue reading Self-Care after Trauma: Sharing the plan behind my study.
It seems that there has been a collective belief that once a person survives a traumatic event the next step was to just move on. But how can people transition from being traumatized to healed in one step, as if it was a swift movement, an automated response, like walking up a flight of stairs? If the next step after survival was moving on, then what lied at the top of the flight of stairs? What was in between? Was healing really that linear to the point of putting one foot in front of the other, moving forward, and by climbing up these metaphorical stairs meant I have moved on?
January 2020 The day after defending my thesis, the graduating class then had to prepare for the art show. The theme of the show all the students agreed on was, les rasion d’etre (reason for living). Essentially, the rules were to bring art pieces we had created throughout our time in the Art Therapy graduate program for … Continue reading Displaying my Recovery Artwork for the First Time.
January 2020 This is what started the journey of being public with my story. After my out-of-body experience, I knew what the topic of my thesis was going to be, and I knew I was going to do a study on myself. Even though this was not what I had planned for my life, I … Continue reading Defending my Thesis while Sharing my Story Publicly for the First Time.