What is Expressive Art Therapy?

Anya Bates, AMFT on Aug 09, 2022 in Mood and Feelings

Expressive art therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach that utilizes art and psychology to help treat emotional and mental health issues and behavioral disorders. Expressive art therapy modalities include visual art, music, movement, drama, and writing. Through the art-making process, the individual can express their emotions, reduce stress, increase self-esteem, support self-discovery, and heal what is causing symptoms. Expressive art therapists are master-level clinicians trained to create therapeutic relationships with the participants to facilitate opportunities that will improve cognition, self-awareness, and coping and social skills. The sessions are tailored to meet each individual’s emotional needs.

More benefits to expressive art therapy include:


Trusting the process

Creative flow

Reduces cortisol levels (stress hormone)

Produces oxytocin, which helps reduce stress

Provides self-development

Increases coping skills

Validates your emotions

Self-acceptance and self-compassion

Anya Bates is a Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA.

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