Leah Batty-Hibbs, PhD, is a 2022 graduate of the Doctoral Program in Counselor Education & Supervision at Antioch University, Seattle.

Dissertation Committee

Ned Farley, PhD, Committee Chair

Stephanie Thorson-Olesen, PhD, Committee Member

Katherine Fort, PhD, Committee Member

Colin Ward, PhD, Committee Member


Counseling, parents, youth, interventions

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The central research question that informed this study asks: How do attachment and creativity focused counseling interventions encourage connection between an adolescent and their parent or caregiver? The research study centered on two mother and son dyads that participated in six weeks of a therapeutic intervention. The modality utilized an attachment and creativity focused approach created by the author. Data was collected through a post intervention semi-structured interview with the parent (adult). Data was transcribed and evaluated with an interpretive phenomenological approach. Six themes were identified by a team of researchers. The findings have implications for clinical practice with parents and adolescents presenting with a trauma history. In addition, the modality with an attachment and creativity focus could be further evaluated. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA ( and OhioLINK ETD Center (


Leah Batty-Hibbs, PhD, 2022

ORCID Scholar ID# 0000-0001-7327-7121