Who can use Expressive Arts Therapy?

Whether you identify as an artist or not, you’ve almost certainly been involved in a creative process at one time or another, during which there were periods of exploration, self-expression. Expressive Arts Therapy is no different.

Art, in therapy, is unlike the art you see in magazines or museums, because its main purpose is channeling expression and exploration. Art within the context of therapy is about experiencing yourself, your ideas, your hopes, dreams and yes, even your fears in a way that gives them form and substance. Art can transform thoughts, in real time, into something less amorphous and more tangible so that you can literally create the life you crave.

“But it’s not real, it’s just pictures.”

And thoughts are just ideas floating in our heads, sometimes to the detriment of our health, sleep, relationships, and general well-being. By interacting with our thoughts through drawing, movement, sculpture, drama and music we change them, and we change our experience of them.

“Isn’t this for kids?”

Yes, and adults too! One of the wonderful parts about EXAT (Expressive Arts Therapy) is that we are given permission to play. For children, this is easy. For adults, it can be much harder, but all the more necessary. When is the last time you got to play, just because?

To learn more about Expressive Arts Therapy, click here.


Sarah Henley
Psychotherapy & EMDR

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist LMFT86122

(415) 966-0631

1910 Olympic Blvd. suite 360 Walnut Creek, CA