WHAT IS EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY? 

 

The expressive arts therapies are a form of psychotherapy utilizing creative modalities, including visual art-making, drama, and dance/movement, within a therapeutic relationship to improve and inform physical, mental and emotional well-being.

ADVANTAGES OF EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY 

 

The expressive arts therapies can help people to resolve conflicts, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and achieve insight.

 

Expressive Arts Therapy can encourage clients to:

 

  • express feelings that may be difficult to verbalise

  • explore their imagination and creativity

  • develop healthy coping skills and focus

  • improve self-esteem and confidence

  • identify and clarify issues and concerns

  • increase communication skills

  • share in a safe nurturing environment

  • improve motor skills and physical co-ordination

  • identify blocks to emotional expression and personal growth.

Who can provide Expressive Arts Therapy services? 

 

Arts is powerful, but it can be harmful if it is used without sensitivity and caution. Expressive arts therapy is a profession and therapist must undergo professional training to maintain a high standard of competency and become skillful enough to guide clients to explore in a safe way.

Only therapists with the following criteria are eligible to practice expressive arts therapy:

  • Therapist has obtained a master degree that is recognized by professional bodies (including the study of counseling and psychology theory, and intensive practicum experience)

  • Therapist is registered as a professional member under professional bodies or associations (for example the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association)

  • Therapists have regular clinical supervision and continuous education after graduation to maintain a high standard of competency.

For any queries, please visit Frequently Asked Questions or Contact me. 

Information from The Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association

 
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