Expressive Arts Wellness is a way of using the arts for self exploration and approaching challenges in creative ways. We work within various artistic modalities like Movement, Drama, Painting, Writing, Ritual, Photography, Yoga, Sound and Play to cultivate a holistic life full of vitality, meaning, and wellbeing. It is a co-creative process that gives life to new and shareable forms, while nourishing our souls along the way.
If you are alive, you are creative! Creativity is the most intrinsic force of existence. We were born from creativity and have those abilities within us to use. Like anything else, the more we develop our relationship with it, the deeper our connection to it becomes. This work is open for all and can be applied to any situation. NO ART EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
I have practiced this work within various populations and cultures, working with themes like community building, women’s empowerment, stress reduction, creative development, life transitions, and spirituality through the arts. I have also been working online with many curious people from all around the world who want to nurture their relationship with themselves. I have incredible colleagues that use Expressive Arts for healing in any population you can imagine- working with children, adults, individuals, couples, communities, refugees, people struggling with trauma, identity, physical and mental difficulties, addiction, abuse, trauma, torture, grief, and many more.
Since the beginning of time, individuals and communities have used art to help people cope with and celebrate the complex nature of life. They used masks to communicate with the gods, doing rain dances to pray for crops, or painting in caves as a way of preserving the human story. The arts have been present in every culture and throughout all ages.
Knowing the power of the arts for healing, several artist practitioners came together in the 1970’s and realized that if they combined individual creative therapy methods into one unified field, they would be able to access more areas of the human imagination, leading to the birth of Expressive Arts Therapy
King’s College London Health Psychology Masters student, Georgia Webb, describes the physiological impact of psychological stress. This draws on the fascinating area of psychoneuroimmunology research. We’ve all heard generic comments about how stress is bad for us and how we should try to reduce our stress and anxiety levels to better our health. Perhaps you’ve […]
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