Expressive or Creative Arts is an alternative approach to therapy. It may incorporate writing, drama, dance, movement, painting, and/or music. Although, people utilizing expressive arts therapy are encouraged to find a qualified therapist, it is not unusual to facilitate the activities by yourself to explore responses, reactions, and insights through pictures, sounds, explorations, and encounters with art processes. A person is not required to have artistic ability to use or benefit from expressive arts therapy.
If you are interested in exploring Expressive Arts, register for individual music instructions and group classes:
Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
The creative process involved in expressing one’s self artistically can help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.
Art therapy, sometimes called creative arts therapy or expressive arts therapy, encourages people to express and understand emotions through artistic expression and through the creative process. It uses art materials to promote personal development, increase coping skills, and enhance cognitive function. It is based on personality theories, human development, psychology, family systems, and art education.
Dance/Movement Therapy uses movement to “further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual.” Through movement, DMT can help individuals with a wide range of psychological disorders achieve greater self-expression. It concentrates on the power of the creative experience as a vehicle for individual and collective healing.
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to Music therapy was established in 1950. It is designed to improve physical and emotional health through the use of music, through listening, song writing, performing, exploring lyrics or other activities related to music. Music therapy is most often used as part of stress management programs. Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives.
Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.