the Expressive Therapies: History, Theory and Practice, by Cathy Malchiodi

The role of the Arts in psychotherapy, through the use of expressive therapies
This paper considers the use of creativity in therapy for psychological healing

Expressive TherapyIn this essay, written in 2005, the author suggests the use of music, art, drawing, creativity and play can be helpful alongside conventional talking therapies as an avenue towards greater emotional and psychological well-being. A brief history of expressive therapies is provided, followed by the theory and practice of this approach.

Evidence supports the use of arts therapy, play therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, dance therapy, poetry and play therapy for clients of all ages. The use of non-verbal self-expression is encouraged through these ‘expressive therapies.’ Malchiodi argues that self-expression should not be limited to verbal communication.

Expressive Therapies: History, Theory and Practice, by Cathy Malchiodi can be found here.