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Creative / Expressive

Creative and expressive therapies are any interventions in which a therapist uses a creative or expressive art form to help a client.

Creative and expressive therapies are based on the idea that all individuals have the ability to respond to creative and expressive activities and that this can lead to positive changes in behaviour and emotional well being.

The client does not need creative or expressive skills to benefit from these therapies but the therapist does need a high level of therapeutic skill.

Creative and expressive therapies include art therapy, dance movement therapy, drama therapy, music therapy and play therapy.  These are sometimes used together or alongside other activities.

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