Expressive Therapies are also known as expressive arts therapy or creative arts therapy. It is the use of creative arts (imagery, storytelling, dance, music, drama, poetry, movement, dreamwork, visual arts, etc.) together as a form of therapy to foster human growth, development and healing. Unlike traditional creative arts, the process of creation is emphasized rather than the final product (for example the process of creating an art piece is the focus of art therapy rather the the final art piece it's self). Expressive therapy is build on the foundation that people can heal through use of imagination and various forms of creative expression.
Expressive Therapies at St. Louis Children's Hospital Include:
- Art Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Dance/Movement Therapy
For more information on Expressive Therapies, contact the National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations. If you are interested in learning more about one of these disciplines directly from our therapists, please see our Expressive Therapies Educational Opportunity Application.