Creative therapy and assignment work

At Lovelong house clients will use different media to express themselves in a therapeutic way and so gain awareness of their own thoughts and feelings.

Creative therapy refers to a group of techniques that are expressive and creative in nature. The aim of creative therapies is to help clients find a form of expression beyond words or traditional therapy, such as cognitive or psychotherapy . Therefore, the scope of creative therapy is as limitless as the imagination in finding appropriate modes of expression. The most commonly used and professionally supported approaches include art therapy, writing, sand play, clay, movement therapy, psychodrama, role play, and music therapy.

Creative therapy includes techniques that can be used for self-expression and personal growth when the client is unable to participate in traditional “talk therapy,” or when that approach has become ineffective. Appropriate clients include children, individuals who are unable to speak due to stroke or dementia , or people who are dealing with clinical issues that are hidden within the subconscious, beyond the reach of language. The latter often occurs when the focus is on trauma or abuse that may have occurred before the client was able to speak, or in families where there is a strict code against talking about feelings or “negative” things. Creative therapy is also effective when used to explore fears around medical issues, such as cancer or HIV.

Caution is indicated when strong emotions become overwhelming, thus debilitating the client. Possible indications for caution include the presence of flashbacks, panic attacks, recently revealed trauma or abuse, and vivid and realistic nightmares. Other indications for caution include individual characteristics, such as a tendency toward overly emotional responses, difficulty managing change or surprises, and poor coping skills.

Visually expressive forms of creative therapy include drawing, painting, and modeling with clay. The goal is to provide a medium for expression that bypasses

Writing in a journal can relieve stress and can be practiced on a regular basis by writing down whatever comes to mind, or it can be used for specific problem areas, such as focusing attention on goals or on unresolved feelings of grief or anger.
words, thus helping the individual connect with emotions about various personal experiences. The scope of the drawings is limited only by the imagination of the individual and by the creativity of the therapists. This technique can often be continued by clients on their own after beginning the work in session.

Movement and music therapies are often used in conjunction with relaxation approaches. Movement therapy involves dance and the interpretation of feelings or thoughts into movement, and is often set to music. For teens in particular, music and movement are often healthy releases for stress and emotions. These therapies can also help people develop appropriate coping skills. Movement and music may be used in nursing homes, gym class, Rehab Centers, a therapist’s office, or a home.
Journaling techniques have been studied extensively regarding their health benefits, both physical and emotional. Its application is broad and it can be used in various therapeutic approaches. Journaling can be used on a regular basis for stress relief by writing down whatever comes to mind, or it can be used for specific problem areas, such as focusing attention on goals or on unresolved feelings of grief or anger. In journaling, it seems to be more important to focus on emotional aspects, rather than using it to simply record daily events.



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