When Expressive Therapy is conducted the therapist uses aesthetics as tools and support for the patient. They are encouraged to use a mode of creative expression which helps them cope with depression and emotional problems they are currently fighting. The treatment is much different than a traditional session. It is created for patients who have a difficult time expressing concerns and emotions with others. These tools allow the patient to release these issues through creative expression which promotes healing and empowerment. The patient will become more self-aware of the issues and the need to resolve them in a manner that isn’t so confrontational.
Goals of Expressive Therapy
- The goal of Expressive therapy is to promote healing and reveal any hidden truths or conflicts in a patient. The individual has no obligations in analyzing their work because the goal is to help them by discussing the art in a non-judgmental manner and supportive setting.
- The focus of treatment is getting to know the feelings that are associated with the patient’s aesthetics being that auditory and visual stimuli are often used as a mental and emotional outlet.
- The goal isn’t to diagnose the final product but allow the patient to express themselves in a manner that they are comfortable with.
When is Expressive Therapy Used?
Expressive Therapy is a broad category and can be used to treat various conditions by helping the patient familiarize themselves with their own emotions and expressions.
Treatment may be used when a patient is dealing with:
- anxiety, stress,
- self-esteem issues,
- interpersonal relationship conflicts,
- learning problems and eating disorders.
The outlet can help clients who have been diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s, chronic conditions, trauma, and addiction.