Creative and Integrative Therapies

dogwoodCreative and integrative therapies offer new, innovative approaches to counseling, and can act as a compliment to traditional talk therapy. These include art therapy, EMDR, sand tray therapy, trauma art narrative therapy and more.


Click on a therapy below to learn more about it and the practitioners who offer it.

  • Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT)

    DBT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that aims to identify and change negative thinking patterns and encourage the development and practice of new, positive behaviors.

  • Nature-Assisted Therapy and Leadership

    Ecotherapy helps a person to deepen their connection with nature and understand and process the emotional impact of a declining and damaged environment. Ecotherapy can be helpful in relieving symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress and ADHD.

  • EMDR

    EMDR stands for “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.” During EMDR, clients focus on past, present, and future experiences while simultaneously focusing on external, bilateral stimulation. EMDR is especially powerful in helping alleviate anxiety and in helping people who have experienced trauma.

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

    Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a therapy approach that recognizes and respects the complexity of each person’s inner world. By listening deeply to all parts of self, we can have greater ease in our lives, greater compassion for ourselves, and less distress and reactivity.

  • Mindfulness-based Therapy

    Mindfulness-based therapy approaches help people become more aware of the present moment, including their feelings, thoughts, and reactions. Practices include meditation and a wide range of practices that invite people to slow down, develop greater calm and curiosity, and learn to pause before reacting. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one mindfulness–based approach that incorporates […]

  • Play Therapy

    Play Therapy is increasingly the recognized method of working with children and adolescents. Play is natural for children who are able to more readily engage in this type of therapy than traditional talk therapy, because play is the language children use to communicate. A trained play therapist understands the metaphors used in the child’s play to […]

  • Sand Tray Therapy

    Sand tray therapy is a specialized modality that uses sand and selected “miniatures”, objects which provide the medium for emotional expression and communicating one’s experience. For children, sand tray provides a safe, natural way for self-expression.

  • Solution-Focused Therapy

    Solution-Focused Therapy is an evidence-based practice of talk therapy for people seeking immediate change. Sometimes we may not be afforded the time and the knowledge to know why a problem occurred; however, there is current pressure and demand to solve it. When our problems loom large in our lives, we can sometimes lose sight of […]

  • Somatic Therapy

    Somatic Therapy is a method of integrating emotions, intuition, and bodywork. It is an alternative healing approach that uses gentle touch and talk together to help people listen to their bodies, and deal with the stresses in their lives. The foundation of the work is grounded in gentleness, respect, openness, understanding, noticing, and discovery. For more information […]

  • Trauma Art Narrative Therapy

    Trauma Art Narrative Therapy is a structured cognitive technique which pieces together memories by guiding individuals to narrate the traumatic event through a series of sequential drawings. As one draws snapshots of the event, the integration of the emotional and cognitive components of the brain promotes healing.