WHEN ITS Hard TO Find WORDS, Expressive
Therapy Opens the Door
GREG IS STRUGGLING.
Greg is a 51-year-old divorced dad with three adult daughters. He’s the seventh of nine children and describes his childhood home as loving, loud, and chaotic.
His parents believed sparing the rod spoiled the child. They worked long hours, argued constantly, and instilled old-school values and beliefs.
Greg thought therapy was for crazy people and a betrayal of God; only praying solved problems. So, he suffered for decades before getting help.
THEN CAME THE TURNING POINT.
One day while driving to work, Greg had a crippling “spell.” His heart pounded out of his chest, his breath became short and stilted, and his vision blurred.
He managed to call his partner to pick him up. When they got home, she found a K&S therapist, and they scheduled an appointment for later that week.
And not a moment too soon; in addition to his spells, he was becoming irritable, unreliable, and drinking more. And she wasn’t sure their relationship could survive without him getting help.
PROGRESS WASN’T IMMEDIATE.
Initially, Greg didn’t talk much during sessions. As a child, he was required to be seen, not heard. Talking about problems seemed like complaining, feelings were irrelevant, and describing his spells was too embarrassing.
The breakthrough came when his therapist discovered that Greg was an old-school music fanatic with thousands of records in his collection. Recognizing his love of music, his therapist integrated it into sessions. They talked about and listened to his favorites, discussed lyrics, and how they related to his life and experiences.
Music provided the comfort Greg needed to discuss his difficult childhood and how it impacts his life today. It opened him to learning tools to address his spells, which he can now identify as panic attacks.
TRY A DIFFERENT KIND OF THERAPY.
It’s not always easy to discuss challenging experiences, but Expressive Arts Therapy can help. We use activities like music, drawing, and creative writing to transform difficult life experiences and gain control over painful behaviors and emotions.
It’s time to talk about your experiences with Expressive Arts Therapy and explore how they affect your life. I know what you’re thinking, “I can’t sing or draw; will this still work for me?” Yes, it’s the process that matters, not the outcome.
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Let us help you stop overwhelming feelings and childhood experiences from stealing your joy.
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