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 the right therapy fit for you! 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, sounds, physical movements, 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 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, or making life maps, videos, or memory books, for example.
We Are All Artists
Process Not Product
The creative process and discovery will be our focus rather than the outcome. As you engage in the expressive arts process, I will guide you to let go of expectations to “do it right” or to produce a certain outcome and support you to connect to the delight of expressing and being. In this way, the creative process helps you to become more mindful and attuned to your true nature, rather than external expectations. And since art comes from a deep emotional place inside you, the more you traverse the journey of connecting to the magical artist within, the more you will grow in self-discovery and transform what is ready to be transformed. Being free to explore, you can find what truly brings you joy.
The Creative Brain
In expressive arts therapy, you use multiple parts of the brain as well as all of your senses in the creative process. When you make art and create in particular, 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 road to emotional health and healing.
To read more about expressive arts therapy and specific expressive arts tools, you can read my blogs on the topics and check out the resources below.
“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