Since children naturally develop and relate to their world through play, the use of the arts is a natural fit in supporting them in their process. The arts provide children other means of communicating beyond just the use of words. This can help a child to explore their inner experiences and identify their emotions.
Expressive arts therapy is a way of inviting creative expression into the therapeutic process. This may include the use of visual arts, movement/dance, storytelling, song/sound, drama and play, and sandplay therapies.
As a therapist trained in expressive arts therapy, I provide a safe, contained and caring environment wherein I follow your child’s process in session, learning from their symbolic play, and joining them to create meaning.
Expressive Arts Therapy with Children
Research has shown that expressive arts therapy can help children build stronger relationships, navigate transitions and stressors in life, develop better coping and emotional regulation skills, decrease anxiety and depression, and increase self-awareness and confidence.