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Creative and Expressive Therapy

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Creative and Expressive Therapy

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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 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expressive_therapy).

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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:

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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.

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