Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a term that encompasses a number of therapeutic techniques that require engaging in some type of activity or action.  Everything from equine assisted psychotherapy to art therapy to psychodrama is considered experiential therapy. Despite the different approaches, most experiential therapy techniques will use tools and activities to recreate situations from past and current relationships, in an effort to identify the emotions that arise. With the guidance of a professional experiential therapist, the client can explore these feelings and begin to release these feelings. Individuals who have been through trauma, are dealing with an eating or behavioral disorder, working through anger or grief issues, as well as various addictions can benefit from experiential therapy. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experiential therapy experts today.

Meet the specialists

Facilitates group activities that are experiential.

— Forest Benedict, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

My clients work out their healing by confronting the object of their pain utilizing an empty chair, letters they don't send, somatic movement, psychodrama, and other techniques to actively re-engage in the wounding experience but this time with greater resources and support, resulting in the completion of the emotional cycle and release of the stuck emotions.

— Laurie Cape, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bowling Green, KY

Whether talking about what happened yesterday or in your family growing up, we will work with what you experience in the moment as you explore. That way the work is fresh, not a stale re-hashing of an old, stuck story. Using basic building blocks of gentle curiosity, compassion and honoring both what shows up as well as resistance to what shows up, deep transformation happens.

— Grace Silvia, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

My style is "here-and-now", using the therapeutic relationship to give you a transformative experience of feeling seen and understood for who you really are. This is the foundation of change that has a ripple effect into the rest of your life, transforming your relationships.

— Carolyn Moore, Counselor in San Francisco, CA

If you are not present in the moment during therapy, then it doesn't really do much good! I bring the focus back to the present, to what you are feeling, thinking, and experiencing right now. This helps us to work through it, rather than avoid it.

— Molly Johnson, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Phoenix, AZ