What are Expressive Arts Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy?

Expressive Arts Therapy

Expressive Art Therapy is a form of therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The creative process involved in expressing one's self artistically can help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviours and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and self awareness.

You don't need to be 'talented' or an artist to receive the benefits, and a knowledgeable therapist can help you to dive into the underlying messages communicated through your art, which will aid in the healing process. No matter your age or artistic abilities the various modalities that are utilized in Expressive Arts Therapy make this form of therapy fun, inclusive, and therapeutically effective.

Dance/Movement Therapy

Based on the truth that the body, mind, and spirit are interconnected, Dance/Movement Therapy (D/M T) is defined as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration of the individual.

Dance/Movement Therapy is practiced in mental health, rehabilitation, medical, educational settings, and in nursing homes, day-care centers, health-promotion programs, and in private practice. D/M T requires no knowledge or "talent" in dance, only the openness to move in a nonjudgmental and therapeutic setting. Plus it's fun!

Shauna Gray, MA, R-DMT, RP

Interactive Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist, Expressive Arts Therapist

  • • Individualized
  • • Insightful
  • • Integrated

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