What is Expressive Therapy?
Sometimes the human mind works in ways that are counterproductive to our own health concerns. When the stresses of daily living start to pile up, we can become susceptible to a number of illnesses, since stress has a tendency to weaken our natural immune systems.
Sometimes the best way to deal with these things is to literally get our minds off of the things that are troubling us. It's perfectly natural to be concerned with things are going on with people around you, sometimes over thinking things can inhibit the process of discovering things about yourself that can lead to a solution to your own problems.
In a lot of ways, that's what expressive therapy seeks to help facilitate. Although many people think of expressive therapy as a form of alternative medicine, it's something that's used in many conventional therapy programs, including a number of modern hospitals all across United States. Since expressive therapy as a way of healing the mind, you're more likely to find it in the types of treatment centers that treat conditions of habit, such as drug rehabilitation centers.
Expressive therapy involves literally turning off the logical centers of your mind, and allowing your creativity to flow forth in ways that you might not have had opportunities to explore in the past.
Whether it's through art, music, or some sort of prose or writing, the things that a person is able to express through their creative works can often offer an insightful window into what's troubling them below the surface. This is the reason why it serves as an invaluable tool for therapists who are trying to analyze many of the reasons why stress can lead to things such as drug addiction, or other things that people generally think of as "escapes" from the trappings of daily living.
By expressing oneself through the arts, that need to have an outlet is satisfied in a different way, and it can help greatly when it comes to curbing substance-abuse cravings.
A traditional therapeutic approach to psychological treatment would typically involve a psychiatric expert sitting down and trying to get the subject to actually talk about their problems with a deep sort of candor that they might not be used to, which can help inspire them to think about their problems in a different light. Â
Expressive therapy goes much deeper than this, and allows patients to actually feel their problems out on their own through free creative endeavor.Â The hope is that in the course of this process, symbols will begin to emerge that mean something unique to the patient, even if the health care professionals themselves can't recognize them. Â
After some time has passed, this gives the person undergoing therapy the opportunity to quite literally face their own demons, and resolve the issues that have been troubling them in a way that means more to them than it possibly could to anyone else, since it actually seeks to transcend logic. In this way, expressive therapy serves as a form of self-healing.