What do the experience of beauty and positive mental health have in common?  Everything!  Whether found in nature, art or people, the ability to experience beauty provides significant therapeutic qualities. And not just for clients but therapists as well.

In this seminar based on doctoral-level research, Dr. Margaret Laracy discusses how attentiveness to beauty can benefit both the client and the therapist in a variety of ways. Among them, building a relationship, and aiding in symptom reduction. Dr. Laracy also explores the role that various therapeutic techniques, such as mindfulness, can play in learning to experience beauty and reducing psychological symptoms.”

Learning Objectives

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the difference between a subjectivist understanding of beauty and an experiential realist understanding of beauty.
  2. Discuss the roles of awe in the experience of beauty.
  3. Describe the relationship between an integrative model of the person and the experience of beauty.
  4. Identify the clinical applications of the realist phenomenological approach to the experience of beauty.