EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY

The arts provide a different and often easier way, especially for children, to express themselves and explore their problems. This takes the form of symbolic representations of their inner conflicts through the arts. Together, we then work through the artistic material and try determine a way forward that will enable us to develop as an individual and be more resilient in the face of adversity. 

EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY

We often find it hard to talk about our difficulties, figure out why we’re struggling or determine where our behaviour and emotions stem from. In the art therapies we find different ways of getting to and working through these challenges.

Why Expressive Arts Therapy?

The arts provide an alternative means to express oneself and explore one’s problems. This takes the form of guided reflective exercises, which reveal one’s inner conflicts, and communication strategies that empower individuals to make the shifts they desire. Together, we try determine a way forward that will enable one to function best in their daily lives.

What is Expressive Arts Therapy?

At its core, Expressive Arts Therapy is the application of play therapy and psychology using:

  • Visual imagery

  • Drama

  • Movement

  • Music

  • Writing

  • Voice

Expressive Arts Therapy draws on an individual’s inherent capacity for play, creativity and spontaneity.

Benefits of Expressive Arts Therapy

Expressive Arts Therapy develops an individual’s ability to:

  • Identify and explore one’s difficulties

  • Work through difficult feelings, relationships and experiences

  • Express emotions

  • Problem solve

  • Improve self-image

  • Enhance social skills

  • Communicate effectively (on a verbal and non-verbal level)

  • Adjust behaviour patterns

Who is Expressive Arts Therapy for?

It is an effective form of therapy for both children and adults as it uses methods that are tailored to the individual’s needs, strengths, readiness and preferences. 

Applied Drama

Applied Drama workshops are a group process offered to schools. It is a form of theatre that focuses on problem solving and empowering participants through enactment. In addition to building confidence, Applied Drama addresses social issues and is geared toward social change, growth and transformation. Whilst applied drama is not a therapy, it is does facilitate healing and behaviour shifts. 

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