Experiential TherapiesBeyond therapy, new paths to healing
Experiential therapy involves actions, movements, and activities rather than the more traditional “talk therapy.”
One of the many benefits of experiential therapy is that the involvement in the activity, provides an opportunity for the counselor to observe clients in situations where they are not focused on the therapy itself.
For example, during an art therapy session, the client will likely be focused on painting a picture, and will be less focused on producing a scripted response during an individual or group counseling session.
Therapeutic recreation uses recreation activities to help clients develop and use their leisure in ways that enhance their health, and happiness in life. A residential treatment facility, allows clients the opportunity to truly address themselves and to learn how to live a life of recovery. Often times, we have turned simple fun life activities, into a event to use substances. Learning fun and health activities and a healthy social life style, is a major component the therapeutic and recovery services. The main concept of a sober life, is not to hide, but to live life to its fullest. That’s why we have created social outings, for our clients to participate in during their inpatient rehab experience. Activities such as: bowling, putt-putt golf, movies, and some out-door activities, provide clients the opportunity to experience real-life scenarios in the safety of our program.
Expressive Arts Therapy
Use of the expressive arts multiplies the avenues by which a client in therapy may seek meaning, clarity, and healing. It deepens and transcends traditional therapy by acknowledging that each client’s process is unique. While one individual may enjoy individual therapy, another client may prefer to use journaling, movement, art, or a combination of different experiences during the treatment process.
The accessibility of expressive arts therapy is due to the focus being not on artistic outcomes but rather on the process of creating. A client who utilizes expressive arts therapy is not required to have any artistic ability. Rather, it is through the use of the client’s senses that the imagination can process, flourish, and support healing.
One form of music therapy is receptive music therapy. Receptive therapy takes place in a more relaxed setting where the counselor plays or makes music to the patient who is free to draw, listen or meditate. Receptive music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful for clients who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.
Tai chi helps reduce stress and anxiety. And it also helps increase flexibility and balance. Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.
Biosound™ Therapy System
Biosound™ is designed to help clients with the racing thoughts they may be having by using music therapy to bring them into a meditative state. The music therapy that is arranged for the Biosound™ Therapy System is composed with binaural beats and special healing frequencies that help trigger the body’s natural relaxation response. Research in music therapy suggests it has become a motivating resource for clients to become engaged in their treatment and has become a popular holistic method for treating depression and anxiety. Once the client reaches this meditative state then a powerful guided meditation embedded with positive affirmations will be played for the client. The guided imagery selections on the Biosound™ Therapy System are designed to address the guilt, fear, shame and trauma associated as underlying issues for most dealing with addiction.
Included in the Following:
- Experiential Therapy
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- 12 Step Facilitation Therapy
- Meditative Therapy
- Music Therapy
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