Creative 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.
This innovative method is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on healing-oriented techniques and aims to achieve a transformation in client behavior by exploring the in-depth processing of difficult emotional and relational experiences.
Artwork provides a concrete, visual image that is utilized when reprocessing experiences with the bilateral stimulation of EMDR Therapy. Children, in particular, respond positively to the combination of the two.
Clinical Art Therapy incorporates painting, drawing, sculpture, and other types of art creation into the session, as a tool for communication and treatment.
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.
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 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) 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.
Play Therapy combined with EMDR can be effective in working with children with trauma, anxiety, and phobias. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation techniques to help unlock stuck material, allowing the mind and body to process the traumatic event.
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.
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.