mental health, therapy, counseling and psychology terms glossary

Experiential Therapy

Experiential Therapy is a category of therapy that utilizes activities such as acting, role-playing, using props, arts, crafts, music, writing, animal care, or other forms of recreation to allow clients to explore their emotional situations from their past or current relationships.

The objective is to focus on activities and through experiences enhance the connection to emotions around success, positive self-esteem, responsibility, and disappointment. The therapist creates room for their clients to explore feelings of deep anger, shame, hurt, and resentment that may have been pushed away, never addressed, or bottled up.

This is approach is helpful for clients who are recovering from trauma, eating disorders, coping with grief and loss as well as anger management and substance abuse.

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