Creative and Expressive Therapy

Creative and Expressive Therapy


There are many types of Creative or Expressive Therapy that a therapist can use.  Expressive therapy, also known  creative arts therapy, is the use of the creative arts as a form of therapy. Unlike traditional art expression, the process of creation is emphasized rather than the final product. Expressive therapy is predicated on the assumption that people can heal through use of imagination and the various forms of creative expression (


There are a few Creative Therapy activities that I like to use with new children and teenagers that help us to get to know each other better.  The one below can also be used for assessment and treatment planning.  The activity below can also be done with adults and with group therapy.  When using creative art therapy, always provide different types of mediums: pens, pencils,  colored markers, colored pencils, crayons, colored paper and white paper.

The Star:

the star

Materials: colored paper, colored pencils, colored markers.

Draw a big star in the middle of a piece of paper, big enough to almost fill up the page.  Inside the star, write words that describe your strengths and the good parts of your personality, words that describe to someone who you are: Funny, Rare, Dreamer, Wild, Incandescent, Smart, Blessed, etc.  (You may need to provide a list of words for the person to refer to).  On the outside of the Star, write the things you would like to change about your personality:  Outgoing, Confident, Truthful, etc.  This helps the therapist discover how the person views themselves and what strengths they would like to have.


About Angela Zaffer Counseling Solutions: Rio Rancho Counseling and Psychotherapy

Angela Zaffer has a Masters of Arts in Counseling. She is a National Board Certified Clinical Counselor through NBCC and a Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor specializing in individual counseling and psychotherapy. She is the CEO and Clinical Supervisor for Counseling Solutions in Rio Rancho, NM. With many years experience as a therapist, and as a graduate of University of New Mexico and Webster University, she is currently serving as the Clinical Director for Counseling Solutions and is a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are working as an EMDR therapist, working as a Behavior Support Counsultant for people with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, working with Adults, Children and Teenagers who have Anxiety, Depression, or have experienced tramatic events. In addition to being a prominent therapist in the Rio Rancho area, Angela has presented to general audiences speaking and training on the topics of Autism Specturm Disorders, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and working with the challenges of a person with Developmental Disabilities. Angela is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. Education BS Psychology University of New Mexico MA Counseling from Webster University License, Certifications & Awards National Board Certified Counselor Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor Certified Trauma Professional Additional Training EMDR trained by EMDR International Association EMDRIA EMDR for Dissociative Disorders Integrated EMDR for Headaches and Migraines Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Behavioral Therapy Mindfulness Sand Tray and Sand Play Creative Journaling Creative Therapy Play Therapy Professional Activities and Memberships NBCC EMDRIA SWBIPA NMBTA IATP

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