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Expressive Therapy

 

What is expressive Therapy?

Expressive therapy (also known as expressive arts therapy) combines traditional psychotherapy and a creative process to promote healing and personal growth. Expressive 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 aims to 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 therapy is suitable for children, youth and adults of all ages. Issues that may benefit from expressive 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 therapy. 

How Does it Work?

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

  • Clay sculpting

  • Sandplay

  • Painting

  • Sketching

  • Photography

  • Role-play or improvisation

Effectiveness and Benefits 

There has been considerable research on the benefits and effectiveness of expressive therapies. 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 therapy, psychotherapy, and counselling services. Find out more about our therapists who offer expressive therapy to complement other modalities by clicking below.