about the approach

expressive arts therapy & dance/movement therapy

     Sometimes, we do not have enough vocabulary or ability to verbally express what is going on inside. The whole inner world remains unspoken, which may create tension, problematic behavior and sometimes psycho-somatic illnesses. When people are experiencing intense, complex, or confusing emotions, the use of arts in a therapeutic setting can help them learn about, manage, and communicate their feelings in ways that language cannot always accomplish.


     Expressive Arts Therapy combines psychology and the creative process to promote emotional growth and healing. This intermodal, approach to psychotherapy uses our inborn desire to create – be it visual arts, dance, music, theater, poetry, or other artistic forms – as a therapeutic tool to help initiate change and support one’s emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration. You do not have to be a talented or experienced artist to enjoy the benefits of art therapy.

 

     In Dance/Movement Psychotherapy the focus of attention is a body-language as a principal form of nonverbal expression and communication. It is founded on the principle that movement reflects an individual’s patterns of thinking and feeling. Through acknowledging and supporting clients’ movements the therapist encourages development and integration of new adaptive movement patterns together with the emotional experiences that accompany such changes.

 

benefits of EXAT and DMP:

  • increasing self-awareness, self-esteem and personal autonomy

  • experiencing links between thought, feelings and actions

  • increasing and rehearsing adaptive coping behaviors

  • expressing and managing overwhelming feelings or thoughts

  • maximizing resources of a communication

  • contacting inner resources through contained creative movement play

  • testing the impact of self on others

  • testing inner with outer reality

  • initiating physical, emotional and/or cognitive shifts

  • developing a trusting relationship 

  • manage feelings that interrupt learning

  • enhancing social interaction skills

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ayana spivak arts based psychotherapy, 2019

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