Creative therapies

Arts-based activities in a therapeutic environment with the support of a trained professional.

Creative therapies use arts-based activities in a therapeutic environment, with the support of a trained professional. You don’t need to have done these activities before or be experienced in art/music/drama.


Here are some approaches to creative arts therapies:

Art therapy

The use of visual arts materials and media With support from your therapist, you might use art materials to express your feelings or experiences. Your therapist might sometimes provide ideas or prompts – for example, some art therapy groups might focus on a particular theme or activity each session.


Music therapy

Using music and sounds can be a therapeutic experience. Together with your therapist, you might listen to music or use different types of instruments to explore ways of communicating and expressing your feelings.


Drama therapy

Dramatherapists are trained to help you explore different types of performance activities that might be helpful for you. For example, you might invent characters, tell stories, improvise scenes, act out physical mimes or use puppets or masks. This approach provides a way to express or resolve difficult feelings or experiences, or to safely explore being playful and using their imagination.


Dance/movement therapy

Involves using body movement and dance. Explore difficult feelings or experiences through different types of movement rather than words. Dance/movement therapy can help to understand and change feelings, cognition, and behaviour.


Sandplay therapy

Creative therapy that uses a sandbox and a large collection of miniature figures. An individual can create scenes of miniature worlds that reflect a person’s inner thoughts, struggles and concerns.


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