The act of creating can be an inherently therapeutic process, allowing you to tap into different emotions and feelings through artistic expression. Expressive therapy is a form of therapy that recognizes the arts as a medium for growth and healing, and uses the creative arts in order to address problems and help process emotions and events. Expressive therapy is used to treat a number of psychological disorders and issues:
- Drug and alcohol addiction
- Eating disorders
Creating is an act of self- discovery. We believe that anyone is able to benefit from Expressive therapy, regardless of whether or not they consider themselves “artistic.” We allow the creative work we do to take us where we need to go, focusing on the process rather than the end result. People that struggle with verbalizing their emotions and have difficulty finding the words to adequately express what they are experiencing find Expressive therapy to be extremely beneficial. Some find talking about certain past events too difficult or painful and it is easier for them to use a creative outlet to “voice” their feelings. Others feel that Expressive therapy allows them to take a more “active” role in their recovery process. Different types of Expressive therapy include:
Patients play instruments, sing, and write songs as a means of expressing themselves. They may also listen to music as a relaxation technique.
Patients express themselves through drawing, painting, mask making, sculpting, and making collages. They focus on the feelings and emotions they experience and are mindful of any realizations that occur during the creative process.
Creative Writing Therapy
Patients write poetry, short stories, journal entries and creative nonfiction as a way to explore their feelings and thoughts. They may chose to write about their past experiences in order to gain new perspective and understanding.
Dance and Movement Therapy
Dance and Movement therapy focuses on the connection of mind, body, and spirit. During this type of therapy, patients become aware of how the mind and body interact, and learn to use movement to both express and unlock feelings and emotions.
In Drama Therapy, patients will use techniques such as role reversal, improvisational theater, puppetry, and “sculpting” to help process and examine relationships and events in their lives.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, Recovering Souls can help. Given our extensive network of both Christian treatment centers and non faith based treatment centers, we are able to provide people with the type of treatment they need. We work only with accredited facilities that employ certified and licensed therapists who specialize in the field of addiction. The treatment centers in our network utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities and work with clients to develop individualized treatment plans. To start receiving treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, call Recovering Souls today.