Expressive Arts Therapy
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
– Maya Angelou
If you love to create, express, and find beauty in the world around you, expressive arts therapy might be just what you’re looking for.
Expressive arts is a form of therapy that uses visual arts, music, drama, dance, poetry, or other creative tools to support emotional growth and healing. In sessions, we will use these artistic tools along with customary forms of talk therapy, to help you better express the seemingly inexpressible.
By exploring visual images, music, movement, writing, and other art processes, you will be able to get access to unconscious parts, gain insights, and break long-standing patterns. Depending on what you are working on in therapy, we will find the right fit for you. Whether it be intuitive drawing, painting, collage, creative writing, working with clay, journaling, storytelling, poetry, lyric writing, photography, making videos, or journal art, amongst other tools, you will be able to access and harness your creative muse.
Expressive Arts Therapy & the Artist in All
Expressive Arts Therapy & Process Not Product
Expressive Arts Therapy & the Brain
In expressive arts therapy, you use the whole brain and your bodily senses in the creative process. When you create and make art, you connect with the right hemisphere of the brain, or the creative brain. As you ignite this side of the brain, you gain access to feelings, emotions, sensations, and memories that aren’t able to be expressed verbally.
By using the expressive arts tools, you will tap into the nonverbal language of creativity to communicate inner feelings that were not previously available to you by simply thinking or talking about them. You may gain insights, awareness, solutions, and find that things that bothered you for years start to untangle.
In this way, your creative process becomes your healer and guide.
“Luna is a beacon of positive energy and integrity; ready, willing, and able to commit, do the work, and follow through with passion, creativity, confidence, and joy. I am grateful for her presence in my life and in the world. You would be blessed to have her in yours.”
– RDF, Oakland, California