What is Expressive Arts?

Expressive arts therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses dance, drama, music, poetry, and art to enhance one’s overall well-being. Through expressive arts, people explore and express thoughts and feelings that may be hard to put into words, such as negative memories, anger, stress, and other personal experiences using visual art, movement, sound, writing, or drama by bridging the gap between the conscious and the unconscious mind. When using expressive arts therapy we are not concerned about the beauty of the visual art, the grammar and style of the writing, or the harmonic flow of the song. Expressive arts is used to release your feelings, clear your mind, raise your spirits, and bring yourself into higher states of consciousness; to gain insight by studying the symbolic and metaphoric messages.

Who is Expressive Arts for?

All ages

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Depression

Anxiety/Fears

Childhood Trauma (physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect)

Recent Trauma (natural and man-made disaster, victim of crime, witnessed a crime, accident)

Grief

Stress Reduction