Expressive Arts Therapy

The creative process can communicate things that may be hard to say in a conversation.
Each of us has creative impulses that become shaped in certain ways by family and culture. This creativity can go unseen or taken for granted in daily life—it can also be blocked by wounds and painful memories. Learning to recognize these creative impulses in yourself can be very empowering; learning to work with them in new, life-affirming ways often helps
people feel more like themselves. 

 

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It's not just "therapy for artists."

In expressive arts therapy, we understand the imagination to be a source of healing. Many people think of "art" in terms of "good" art or "bad" art — but rather than judge what you make, an expressive arts therapist remains curious about what we can learn from the experience of being creative.

Creativity is at the core of who we are.

In an expressive arts therapy session, we may explore imagery, sound and rhythm, language, stillness, and movement—but also things like problem-solving, dreams, core beliefs, and coping mechanisms. Together, we'll uncover a bigger picture of who you are and what helps you feel supported, energized, and free. 

Art and healing

The connection between art and healing is ancient. It's common in modern society to want to make sense of everything—to figure out why we are struggling and what we should do about it. Developing understanding is an important part of healing, but there are also elements of the healing process that occur outside the realms of reason and logic. Expressive arts therapy can nourish these aspects of healing and help us learn our own creative language.

Please reach out if you have any questions about this work. 

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“We experience pain and difficulty as failure instead of saying, I will pass through this, everyone I have ever admired has passed through this, music has come through this, literature has come through this…” — Marilynne Robinson


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