What is Expressive/Arts Therapy?
Expressive (art, creative) therapies are based on the idea that expression and creativity enhance the well-being of people and they are a natural aspect of all cultures and human experience.
This type of therapy is holistic – attending to emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual well-being – and aligns well with indigenous models of health and well-being.
Expressive therapies use creative processes to help you explore and express unconscious material that is often difficult to articulate in words. Using the arts, you are more likely to practice new patterns of healthier behaviour. The emphasis is on the process rather than meaning making or the end product. This type of therapy can be practiced with individuals, groups, families and communities. Expressive Therapies can help with:
Building healthy coping mechanisms
Personal and professional growth
Processing traumatic experiences
Increasing intra and inter personal skills
Reduction of stress and anxiety
Increase in self-confidence, compassion and self esteem
Improving communication skills
I was never good at art. Is this for me?
It most definitely is for you!
The idea behind using different ways to express yourself as part of the therapeutic process is to empower you with the ability to create and experience the process as it relates to your journey towards well-being. The therapist does not look to judge your finished product or analyse your creation.
“It’s harnessing emotions and using parts of the brain that you might never have dwelled on before, and expressing those emotions in a visual way… Art therapy allows and, more importantly, encourages you to tap into emotions, working through them in a therapeutic way rather than pushing them to the side.”
What will the consultation session involve?
The details of the therapeutic process will be discussed; time, place, cost, session frequency, duration and cancellations. It is a chance for you to get to know your therapist better, ask questions and help you decide if the therapist is someone you feel like you can work with.
What happens in a therapy session?
Kikkli offers expressive therapy in addition to traditonal talking therapy that hopes to pave a way towards growth and well-being. The types of expression can include visual art, writing, sculpture, sand tray, movement and even music from time to time!
During the initial sessions, where we complete a formal or informal assessment, you and your therapist will work together to explore and develop a shared understanding of your presenting cocnerns, your idea of therapy and your overall goals for therapy.
Following the assessment, we will share treatment recommendations and options with you. It might be so that expressive therapy may not be the best option for you and in that case, we will advise alternatives. It will be a similar process for your therapist and you will be provided with other options and can be referred to other therapists who might be better suited.
Once you and your therapist have decided to work together towards achieving your therapeutic goals, a treatment plan will be developed with and for you to guide your therapeutic journey.
How often will I have to attend therapy and for how long?
We recommend weekly sessions for most people but the frequency is entirely dependent on you. So is the length of therapy, depending on your therapeutic needs. This will be discussed and revisited during the sessions.
Will my sessions be confidential?
Yes, everything you say to your therapist will remain confidential. The only time that confidentiality will be breached is if you disclose any information that makes your therapist concerned that there is a safety risk to you or another person. Wherever possible, we will aim to share our concerns with you before notifying a third party.