Expressive Arts Therapy combines psychology and the creative process to promote emotional growth and healing. This multi-arts, or intermodal approach to psychotherapy and counseling uses our inborn desire to create–be it visual arts, music, theatre, poetry, dance, or another artistic form–as a therapeutic tool to help initiate change and to improve a
person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
No art experience is necessary. The important thing is to work from the heart; the focus not being on artistic outcomes, but rather on the process of creating. It is through this process that the imagination can flourish and support healing.
No, an Expressive Arts Therapist does not interpret, analyze, pathologize or try to diagnose or ‘fix’ a client in any way, shape or form. Nor does the Expressive Arts Therapist provide commentary or ‘suggest’ or ‘tell’ the client what they should be doing. Instead, the Expressive Arts Therapist provides multiple ways for a client to find greater understanding and awareness of themselves on their pathway to healing and becoming their authentic self through the various arts modalities.