Creative Arts Track
Creative Arts Therapy or expressive therapy includes, but is not limited to visual art, music, dance/movement, drama, creative writing, and play therapy. Expressive therapy helps patients identify and express feelings and learn communication skills through the exploration of the arts.
In combination with other forms of psychotherapy, expressive therapy helps identify underlying issues that may not have been verbalized in therapy. Patients get the opportunity to express their underlying feelings and bring out specific characteristics that influence active participation, imagination and the mind and body connection.
How Creative Arts Improves Mental Health
Self-expression often helps bring up past experiences that can be cathartic for patients in communicating their raw emotions. The therapist doesn’t seek to interpret the patient’s creative expressions, but works in collaboration with the patient to help them identify their own feelings and thoughts that can resolve emotional conflicts, deepen understanding, and bring about transformation and well-being.
Whether in an individual or group setting, the role of creative arts expression helps patients communicate in various ways including:
- Arts Therapy: Through visual arts expression, patients are encouraged to use their imaginative thinking to draw, paint, or build objects to invent their own solutions. This helps patients reflect, gain awareness, problem-solve, and transform their thoughts and feelings.
- Music Therapy: The healing power of music has been well-documented. Music therapy addresses physical, emotional, cognitive, social issues and the needs of the patient. By integrating music creation, singing, and listening to music, this therapeutic approach helps patients become more engaged in their treatment.
- Dance/Movement Therapy: Movement helps stimulate and further connect the mind, body and spirit. This therapeutic approach can effect how patients express their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. The benefits of dance therapy is reducing stress, disease prevention and regulating mood as well as decreasing muscle tension and improving coordination.
- Drama Therapy: Drama therapy encourages patients to express their emotions and develop better communication skills. Reenactment is a huge part of drama therapy. It’s when patients think of past situations and act them out or replay them. This helps them not only to express their feelings but also interpret them and observe interpersonal conflicts.
- Creative Writing Therapy: The creative writing process can be very therapeutic and cathartic. Through the art of storytelling, different activities such as journaling, poem writing, and even lyric writing can help patients reflect on their own experiences and improve their mental, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being.
Why Creative Arts Expression Matters
With the benefits above, the creative arts can serve as fun and healthy ongoing activities to enjoy while sober. Engaging in the arts can also lead to positive career moves that can help others on their journey in recovery.
At The Treatment Center Outpatient Services, we want our patients to be able to grow and better communicate through creative expression. Often, what is not verbalized in therapy can be expressed in various creative outlets, forming a more comfortable, open, and relaxing environment in treatment. (844) 211-7944