What is Expressive Arts Therapy?
Expressive Arts uses imagination and the arts to heal, transform, and explore. Because the arts engage the whole self, together we are often able to access resources and perspectives that had previously been invisible. Expressive arts can be very effective for people for whom talk therapy has been unsuccessful, as well as for children and families. Clients often report that this way of working allows the thinking mind to “get out of the way” to allow something new to emerge.
What should I expect in an Expressive Arts Therapy session?
Typically in a session we begin by talking together, before moving towards the arts. Once we are in the studio, we might use any art forms including paint, sculpture, movement / dance, sound, storytelling and poetry. Finally, we step out and reflect on that experience, drawing connections back to what the client came in with.
Do we talk in an expressive arts therapy session?
Yes we do. It’s important that we discuss the difficulty before we move into the arts. In some sessions, particularly in the early stages of working together, we may even talk for the duration of the session.
Do I have to be an artist to benefit from Expressive Arts Therapy?
You do not have to consider yourself an artist to benefit from expressive arts therapy. I work with kids, adults, and families with a wide range of artistic experience and ability. In fact, reclaiming one’s creativity is often a surprising and very healing side-effect of this work.
What if I have more questions?
Please feel free to contact me either by email or phone.
50 minute session: $85+GST
80 minute session: $125+GST