People who are caught up in drug addiction need to explore different options for healing. Some people respond well to cognitive-based therapies while others need experiential therapy. Most drug rehabs will offer both therapies so that treatment is comprehensive. Experiential therapy, such as art therapy classes, is becoming more popular with centers adding a variety of classes in which people may participate. Let’s take a closer look at this therapy and how it works.

What is Experiential Therapy?

When defining experiential therapy, it may be best to look at how it differs from traditional therapy. In a traditional psychotherapy setting, the patient sits down with the therapist and talks about their problems. The therapist may guide the talking or ask questions to help the person understand deeper truths about themselves or their way of thinking. The key component of psychotherapy, however, is that it’s based on talking. That’s why it’s called “talk therapy.”

therapist talks to a couple about experiential therapy

On the other hand, experiential therapy, by its own definition, means based on experience and observation. So, how does this apply to a therapeutic setting? The patient learns about themselves, the world, and others through participating in activities and experiences. These activities could range from art therapy classes to equine therapy classes. Music therapy and yoga therapy are viable options for experiential therapy, as well.

How Does Experiential Therapy Work?

Through therapist-guided activities, the patient recreates or relives situations from the past. During this time, some difficult emotions may arise that the person forgot about or blocked out. The therapist is trained to probe these emotions with the patient so they can express them. Many times the subconscious mind will be freer to express feelings and thoughts when doing activities. For example, while creating art during an art therapy class, someone may draw something indicative of the emotions that they’ve blocked out.

Furthermore, some people gain therapeutic help working with animals. They feel more relaxed and able to open up when around animals. This is especially true with large animals such as horses.

What to Expect During Experiential Therapy

During an experiential therapy program, you will participate in guided sessions. For example, during an art therapy class, your therapist may ask you to draw, paint, or make something that reminds you of a certain time in your life. Or the therapist may just give you art tools and allow you to create what you want. The therapist is trained to know what to look for and what type of questions to ask along the way. Through gentle guidance and a relaxed atmosphere, you will be able to open up and express your feelings.

Introducing Serenity Light Recovery

Welcome to Serenity Light Recovery where our goal is to offer hope, healing, and inner peace for those in need. Life sometimes allows people second chances; our goal is to make sure you are successful in your quest to start life anew. With compassionate therapists at your side, you will find the pathway to a brighter future. Our evidence-based therapy modalities support a comprehensive healing program.

From the broad range of therapy programs that we have available, those struggling with addiction issues find one that will lead them to a light-filled life. Some of our therapies programs include:

Find freedom from your addiction and discover new hope when you leave the old life behind. You can overcome your addiction by participating in experiential therapy. Contact us at 855.658.6109, and we’ll get you on the pathway of light.