Help to heal
Creative Therapy involves the use of creative arts such as dance, drama, music, painting and poetry as a form of therapy. Creative Therapists believe that a person can explore their inner emotions and thoughts through expression. The relationship between the client, therapist and object of expression is considered central to this approach.
Creative Arts Therapy, also known as Expressive Therapy
dates back to the 1940s and was used in psychiatric hospitals. Developed by Professor Shaun McNiff and Dr Paolo Knill, it has since become a popular form of therapy and is practiced in a variety of different environments to treat a range of conditions.
Although the five disciplines of dance, drama, music, painting and poetry are the most widely practiced, a creative arts therapist will not necessarily adhere to a particular art-form. Instead of specific types of expression, some practitioners focus on more general forms to help their clients realise their inner feelings and emotions.
How can it help?
Creative Arts Therapy can be effective at helping people to discover hidden thoughts and feelings by expressing them through the various art forms. It is used in both one-to-one and groups to treat problems with behaviour, criminality, grief
as well as medical illness. Creative therapy is especially useful for those who have difficulty in articulating their feelings
Creative Arts Therapy resources
International Expressive Arts Therapy Associations