Expressive Arts Therapy
Expressive arts therapy refers to a therapeutic approach with individuals, couples, families, groups, and community-based programs that integrates a wide range of arts modalities in the service of human growth, development and healing. Expressive arts therapists seek to build a compassionate, supportive, and culturally-sensitive relationship with clients. Expressive arts sessions are not an art class. They're about enabling self expression in a safe enviormnent with no judgement of self or others.
Expressive arts therapy combines visual arts, movement, drama, music, and poetry to foster deep personal growth and community development. By integrating the arts processes and allowing one to flow into another, we gain access to our inner resources for healing, clarity, illumination and creativity.
Unlike traditional art expression, the process of making art is emphasized rather than the final product.
Expressive Arts Therapy is used in a therapeutic, rehabilitative, educational, and community setting to foster holistic health, communication, and expression. The therapist doesn't interpret colors or images. In expressive arts, the client and therapist work as a team. They explore what the art work means to the individual.
In Expressive Arts Therapy (EXA), clients can communicate ideas and feelings that may be hard to put into words, such as negative feelings, and other personal experiences. EXA helps resolve and improve a variety of issues, such as emotional conflicts, self-awareness, developing social skills, managing behavior, reducing anxiety, and increasing self-esteem.