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Expressive arts therapy is a type of therapy that uses creative expression to promote healing and growth. It can involve a variety of artistic activities, including drawing, painting, writing, movement, and more.
One of the benefits of expressive arts therapy is that it can help individuals process trauma. Trauma can be challenging to articulate verbally, and expressive arts therapy provides a safe space to explore and express difficult emotions.
Another benefit is that it allows for nonverbal communication. Sometimes, trauma can be stored in the body in ways that we are not aware of, and verbal communication may not be enough to process it. Artistic expression can help access and express emotions that are challenging to articulate.
Expressive arts therapy can also be helpful for processing emotions like shame, guilt, and self-blame that can accompany trauma. It's a powerful tool for self-expression, self-discovery, and self-acceptance.
It's important to note that expressive arts therapy is focused on the creative process rather than the end product. You don't need to have artistic skills or experience to benefit from this therapy. The therapist will guide you through the process, offering support and encouragement.
Expressive arts therapy is client-led, which means the client is in control of the creative process, and the therapist provides guidance and support. The direction and content of the creative process are determined by the client.
This type of therapy can be used alone, but is frequently used in conjunction with other therapies like EMDR or cognitive-behavioral therapy. It can also be used in group settings, which can provide additional support and a sense of community.
In summary, expressive arts therapy is an effective way to address trauma and promote healing. If you're looking for a creative and holistic approach to therapy, expressive arts therapy may be a good option for you.
The author, Camilla Olsen, CMHC, is licensed to see clients in the State of Utah. If you are interested in starting therapy with her, please fill out the Request an Appointment form on her website.
You may also be interested to know, that she has published several books and workbooks. Click here to read more about them!
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About the Author
Cami is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, specializing in helping adult clients heal from past trauma. With experience in treating depression, anxiety, grief, and childhood trauma, Cami provides compassionate care using a variety of therapeutic approaches including EMDR, CBT, and Sand Tray Therapy.
Do you live in the State of Utah? If so, would you like to become a client?
Fill out the Request an Appointment form to get started.
Camilla Olsen, CMHC has published a variety of mental health workbooks, coloring books, and sketchbooks. Click here to explore the collection.