Expressive Arts

Being a drama therapist as well as a family therapist, I have been exposed to many elements of the expressive arts therapies. I often will incorporate drama, music, creative writing, story telling, and art as means to enhance a person's experience in a session. These elements can be used to help you externalize how you feel when you don't have the words. I am not specifically an expressive arts therapist, my degree is Family Therapy w/Drama Therapy, but I see the value in using these modalities, thereby I have decided to provide expressive arts for those who want to experiment in their recovery, growth...journey.   

Expressive arts therapy combines psychology and the creative process to promote emotional growth and healing. This multi-arts, or intermodal, approach to psychotherapy and counseling uses our inborn desire to create—be it music, theater, poetry, dance, or other artistic form—as a therapeutic tool to help initiate change. The difference between expressive arts therapy and art therapy is that expressive arts therapy draws from a variety of art forms, while art therapy tends to be based on one particular art form.

In expressive arts therapy, you use multiple senses to explore your inner and outer world through the experience and creation of different art forms. Your therapist or counselor helps you communicate your feelings about the process and accomplishment of art making, and together, you use the creative process to highlight and analyze your problems and issues. Since the therapeutic work is based on the creative process, not on the final result, it is not necessary to have a background or training in the arts to benefit from expressive arts therapy. Throughout the process, you learn new and different ways to use the mostly nonverbal language of creativity to communicate inner feelings that were not previously available to you by simply thinking or talking about them.