It can be used to treat PTSD, anxiety, depression, etc. It is a helpful and effective alternative for those who feel uncomfortable expressing themselves during traditional talk therapy and find that creativity is the best way to convey how they really feel.
It is frustrating, more than anything, to recognize the inadequacies in our lives and in our coping tools.
Different approaches used include collaging, painting, drawing, coloring and making sculptures.
Arts therapy intertwines psychology and the creative process to improve mental health. By expressing themselves, people are able to expand their intuition, gain valuable coping skills, and explore new ways to show how they feel. Importantly, those who participate in this form of therapy can put together various themes and conflicts that may have been influencing their thoughts and emotions. Creating and viewing art helps individuals explore their emotions, develop self-awareness, cope with stress, boost self-esteem, and work on their social skills. Simply put, it is not about the end result or the quality of the art work itself, but the intentions behind it and what the entire process reveals about the unconscious mind.
Expressive arts therapy incorporates writing, drama, dance, movement, painting, drama, music, etc.
Expressive Arts Therapy is a mixed media art therapy approach. While art therapy only uses one art form, expressive arts therapy uses more of a variety. This form of therapy focuses on the creative process, not the artistic outcome, and allows people to explore the way they respond to pictures, sounds, movement, and confront their insight about the artistic process. Expressive arts therapy can act as a portal to the deepest parts of the subconscious and helps people articulate what they may not be able to put into words.
Expressive arts therapy will help individuals become more self-aware and gain incredible emotional insight. It helps express what words cannot. It relaxes the body and puts people in a thoughtful, meditative state. Making art also helps build self-esteem.
When you book a consultation with one of our therapists, we guarantee you will have a genuine connection with your therapist, a tailored plan, and the time taken to deeply understand the current and historical nature of your concerns. We also guarantee that you will receive accessible ways to unlock your potential that will stick with you for life. New tools will lead you to a new mindset.
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