What are Expressive Therapies?
Expressive therapies involve the use of art, dance, music, drama, movement, creative writing, play, and sandtray within the context of psychotherapy. These approaches go beyond words to reach and transform states that are deeply felt but difficult to express verbally.
In expressive therapy, the process of creation is valued as a way to recognize and heal from emotional pain.
This form of therapy is particularly popular among individuals who prefer to express themselves through art or action rather than words.
What Do They Treat?
You’ve likely heard of ways in which expressive arts therapies have been used to work with populations with high levels of stress and trauma. These include theater programs for military veterans, art therapy among at-risk youth, and expressive dance for incarcerated individuals.
These therapies can also be extremely powerful for individuals coping with anxiety, trauma, stress, depression, and other concerns.
The following practitioners offer Expressive Therapy services at The Viva Center:
Logan Brantley, LGSW (Art, Play)