Expressive Arts Therapy
What is Expressive Arts Therapy?
Expressive Arts Therapy is a direction in psychotherapy and psychological correction that includes different creative arts approaches and disciplines, such as art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, drama therapy, dance and movement therapy, etc.
How does it work?
The main premise of Expressive Arts Therapy is that the creative process as a whole - including the creation of an art piece (a drawing, a dance or a musical composition), the artist's experience, and the final product - reflects and transforms the individual's development, strength, problems, and the way he/she relates to the world. The art is also used as a form of communication and as a symbolic language giving external form to the internal content. Using arts as a form of therapy suggests that the natural creative process can resolve emotional conflicts and reinforce self-awareness and personal growth.
Where can it be applied?
- - Child and family therapy
- - With clients with emotional disorders, developmental crises, trauma and PTSD
- - With HIV-positive clients
- - In institutions for orphans and in special schools,
- - With children with special needs and their parents
- - With patients in clinics;
- - With organizations, in order to improve the communication inside the group,
- - In problem solving, art coaching etc.,
- - With victims of catastrophes (earthquakes, conflagrations, inundations) and terrorist acts.