Creative Expressions Therapies at the Circle of Trust Healing Center
Creative Expression Therapy is an important component in healing. Most trauma clients and those in recovery have been taught, many times from childhood, that shutting off their emotions was how they could stay safe or that it is a weakness to show their feelings. The creative process uses different mediums and methods as a safe, nonjudgmental, and nonthreatening environment in which to begin to open up and express feelings and parts of themselves. Creative expression goes hand in hand with the Circle of Trust Recovery Shadow Work as a positive outlet and expression of the shadow.
Creative Expression Therapy is about the process and not how creative or noncreative a client believes themselves to be. Whether working with paint, clay, paper, journaling or dancing, clients are challenged to try something they have never done before. Each new technique helps to break down emotional walls and to build trust so they can express themselves freely.