Therapy using creative techniques: art, drama and movement

Some therapies, such as art therapy or drama therapy, incorporate creative techniques that can support you to organise and express your emotional experience. It’s not always easy to find the words to express yourself, but these therapies can help you communicate emotions that may otherwise be difficult to verbalise.

You do not need to have experience or skill in art or drama to participate in or benefit from this type of therapy. Your therapist will not criticise any creative work you produce during therapy sessions. Arts and drama therapy are more about the emotions you express and feel throughout the process.

Therapy using creative techniques is not just for people who naturally use image and metaphor in the way they think about their life. It can also benefit people who find themselves stuck in their head, or rigid in the way they perceive life. Expressive work can support you to find new viewpoints and solutions to make a significant change in your life.

Therapy using the arts could involve postcards, paint, sand-trays, movement or writing, though always as an invitation rather than an obligation when your therapist thinks it may support your work together.

A number of our therapists are highly trained in using the arts, or drama and movement within therapy. Art and drama therapy can help you:

  • Express yourself in metaphor and symbol, which can feel safer, less constrictive and more vivid than just communicating with words
  • Help you access more hidden aspects of your self and your experience
  • Acknowledge and deal with complicated or conflicting feelings by allowing you to express different parts of your experience in one place, for example, the blank page or the sand-tray, allowing you to explore and understand your feelings more easily
  • Enable you to experiment with the various ways you want to ‘be’ in the world
  • Increase your sense of confidence, self-esteem and potential in life.