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Expressive Therapy

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about expressive art Therapy

Expressive Art Therapy (also known as Expressive Therapy integrate traditional psychotherapy and a creative process to promote healing and personal growth. Expressive Art Therapy is a multi-modal psychotherapy approach which uses artistic platforms, including writing, music, drama, poetry, dance or other art forms as therapeutic tools.


Expressive Art Therapy create a natural process of moving from everyday expectations into the world of imagination and creativity through artistic expression. The creative process leads to the pathway of self-discovery and learning, leading to inner feelings.

Who is it For?

Expressive Art Therapy is suitable for children, youth and adults of all ages. Issues that may benefit from Expressive Art Therapy include:

  • Low self-esteem

  • Emotional problems

  • Relationship issues or problems with conflict resolution

  • Trauma (e.g., sexual, physical or emotional abuse, PTSD)

  • Psychological disorders (e.g., eating disorders)

  • Alcohol or drug addiction

  • Learning disabilities

  • Chronic conditions (e.g., cancer or chronic pain)

Creative or artistic skills knowledge or training is not the pre-requisite to benefit from Expressive Art Therapy. 

How Does it Work?

Expressive Art Therapy is a multi-modal approach. During the session, the therapist using Expressive Art Therapy may utilise various art expressions that facilitate their clients to express themselves. The therapeutic tools may include:

  • Clay sculpting

  • Sandtray

  • Painting

  • Sketching

  • Photography

  • Role-play or improvisation

Effectiveness and Benefits 

There has been considerable research on the benefits and effectiveness of Expressive Art Therapy. Studies have shown that expressive therapy can improve communication, reduce distress, and develop strengths, skills and personal growth. The creative process helps to calm anxiety and reduce depression. Expressive therapy is also helpful for people with difficulty connecting with their emotions to go deeper into their unconscious. 

Restoring Peace Counselling & Consultancy offers Expressive Art Therapy for children, youth and adults for the treatment of anxiety, depression, grief, trauma and other mental health challenges. Please click the link below to find out more.

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