Expressive therapy is the use of the creative arts as a form of therapy. It is also known as the expressive therapies, expressive arts therapy or creative arts therapy. It refers to a therapeutic approach with individuals, couples, families, groups, and community-based programs that integrate a wide range of arts modalities in the service of human growth, development and healing. It
Some common types of expressive therapy include:
- Art therapy
- Dance therapy
- Drama therapy
- Music therapy
- Writing therapy
- Therapeutic Recreation
- Horticultural therapy
All these expressive therapists share the belief that through creative expression and the tapping of the imagination, a person can examine the body, feelings, emotions and his or her thought process. They can give you a richer vocabulary to work, play and grow a life you love living.
Expressive Arts specializes in working with people who are afraid of doing art or need to unblock or reconnect to artful expression in their lives. it is the practice of using imagery, storytelling, dance, music, drama, poetry, movement, horticulture, dream work, and visual arts together, in an integrated way, to foster human growth, development, and healing
It is a family-focused and individualized approach that is unique to each client and his or her family’s needs. It deepens and transcends traditional talk therapy by acknowledging that each client’s process is unique. While on one hand a client might like talk therapy, another might prefer to use journaling, movement, art, or a combination of different experiences during therapy.