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 Soul Essence Intuitive 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 , Intuitive Healer. Akashic Records Healing and Clearing. Angela has provided ndividual counseling and psychotherapy for over 20 years She is the co-owner of Counseling Solutions in Rio Rancho, NM. Angela has integrated Psychotherapy, Spiritually and Energy Healing into one modality. 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 Among her areas of expertise are working as an EMDR therapist, Intellectual Disabilities, working with Adults and teenagers who have Anxiety and or trauma. In addition to being a prominent therapist in the Rio Rancho area, Angela has experibce presenting to general audiences speaking and training on the topics of The Energy of Manifesting. Akashic Records Clearing. Rewriting Akashic Records, Heal Trauma through your Akashic Records. 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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