How Expressive Arts therapy can help with grief?
For some, talk therapy can feel onerous and exhausting, with the repetition of grief feelings being rehashed with little relief. Expressive Arts Therapy may provide a valuable release for the expression of grief by helping to heal your sorrows by opening up channels to the body of grief. What is difficult to verbalize may be unblocked through the imagination as we find our way back to wholeness through the grieving process. Expressive Arts therapy provides a safe space from which grief may be processed and integrated – through creativity and writing a narrative around their story, clients are able to share their personal experience of their grief and loss. Words are not necessary with drawing, visual arts, play therapy and movement – a connection is fostered between the heart and hand, allowing the expression of grief of those emotions that were trapped inside. The creative process of art making provides a new way to make sense of the world in the face of loss.
In grief counselling with Expressive Arts therapy, you may take a step towards growing and healing your pain through sharing your grief. Creative expression can help provide a different perspective on grief and if you can stay with the grieving process and allow it to unfold naturally with acceptance and mindfulness, you can find optimism in these difficult times. My heart goes out to you in this burdensome time – I have experienced grief in a multitude of ways and times; I understand what it is like to lose greatly and yet, to rise above and integrate these often intense emotions. You can too.
If you are looking for a grief counsellor in Surrey, Cloverdale, Langley or White Rock, feel free to call me at 778-389-9234 or to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free 15 minute phone consultation.
Epstein-Johnson, Valerie. Retrieved from https://www.focalpointarttherapy.com/grief-therapy
Retrieved from http://www.healmyheart.ca/
Retrieved from https://cmhahamilton.ca/documents/grieving/