Expressive Arts Therapy involves an arts-based approach to identifying and working through issues by utilizing one or more arts modalities. This could involve, but is not limited to, journaling, creative writing and poetry, the creation of visual art, music, drama and psychodrama, sandtray therapy, multimedia visual art, movement or dance, photography, as well as any others that may become of interest to you. By integrating one or more expressive arts modalities into the therapeutic process, individuals are able to identify and let go of defenses that keep them from realizing their full potential.
"Expressive art therapy integrates all of the arts in a safe, non-judgmental setting to facilitate personal growth and healing. To use the arts expressively means going into our inner realms to discover feelings and to express them through visual art, movement, sound, writing or drama. This process fosters release, self-understanding, insight and awakens creativity and transpersonal states of consciousness."
- Natalie Rogers
Research has shown that engaging in a creative process improves one's emotional wellbeing and is effective in helping individuals lower stress and fatigue, increase cognitive abilities, reduce pain, and improve their overall quality of life. Oftentimes what keeps us from realizing our potential are the thoughts and feelings that are tied to unresolved emotional memories and the patterns or ways of being we have adopted throughout our lives to avoid the pain that is associated with those memories. Expressive therapies provides a safe way to explore, engage, and ultimately resolve issues that may be too difficult to explain in words. I believe we were all born with the ability to be creative - How else did we learn to adapt to our environments as infants? As we develop, this innate creative ability oftentimes becomes lost in our desire to get ahead, to accomplish "the dream," or to participate in others lives while sacrificing our own. As an expressive therapist, my goal is to help individuals relearn this necessary human ability and ultimately experience a more well-rounded and balanced life. This type of work is particularly beneficial to individuals who are struggling with identity issues, grief, trauma, anxiety, and/or depression as it effectively addresses the parts of ourselves that feel unresolved, stuck, or afraid to move forward. For more information about Expressive Arts Therapy, please click here.
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