Creative Arts Therapies


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Creative Arts Therapies

The field of creative arts therapy is now widely recognized as an essential component of health care in our society. Creative arts therapists integrate modalities of music, drama, the visual arts, and dance/movement into the practice of psychotherapy in a variety of clinical settings. These include psychiatric, rehabilitation, and general hospitals; nursing home.

Our curriculum is unique in that it encourages students to work in more than one artistic modality in developing therapeutic insight and mastery. It integrates mind-body techniques such as creative visualization, guided imagery, mindfulness and  meditation,  with more traditional art therapy and psychodynamic approaches.

Art Therapy

While art therapy can benefit children greatly, it can also be very helpful to adults. Really, anyone can benefit from art therapy. By expressing yourself through art, an art therapist can help you see things about yourself that you otherwise may not have comprehended. Art therapists can help you process emotions and feelings that you are struggling with, so you can begin healing. Since art therapists are trained in the arts and, obviously, in therapy, they are capable of guiding you through the process of creative expression. They are also quite capable of providing insight into your creations and helping you understand certain aspects of yourself that maybe you didn’t know existed, whether good or bad.
Art therapy can help improve various mental and physical symptoms including, but not limited to, reducing pain, anxiety, and tension. It can be beneficial to those who have mental disorders, severe or light emotional abuse, cancer, post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), people who are bipolar, and a variety of other serious ailments.

Art therapy can also help people with their social skills. The benefits of art therapy in these types of situations can help with people that are withdrawn or shy, or who, for some reason or another, have a difficult time functioning within social situations.

Basically, the benefits of art therapy can be quite broad. It can improve lives by helping people improve their mental, emotional, and even physical states. It can raise the quality of life for many people, and it’s worth considering if it can aid you in some way or another.

Again, maybe it’s just the act of executing creative expression on your own or with others, or maybe it’s seeking professional help with a certified art therapist. Either way, the benefits of art therapy make it worth exploring as a catalyst for healing.
Movement Therapy

Research on trauma and movement and physical exercise now shows that in order to resolve trauma, one must incorporate some type of movement into the treatment.  Many of our therapists utilize various movement therapies in their treatment with children, teens and adults. Movement deepens the therapeutic work and helps clients integrate what they
are learning in their talking therapy. The use of dance, mindful movement, simple yoga exercises is often
incorporated into our treatment.

Drama Therapy

Drama therapy is the skilled and deliberate use of drama and theater to achieve therapeutic goals. Drama therapy engages the imagination and involves participants intellectually, emotionally and physically; it provides participants with a safe yet stimulating environment in which they can explore personal and family stories, set goals, uncover and express feelings, resolve problematic patterns, and achieve catharsis. Because drama therapy is both active and reflective, it helps people to integrate emotional, cognitive, and physical levels of experience. Drama therapy can take many forms, depending on individual and group needs. Its processes and techniques may include improvisation, theater games, storytelling, and enactment. Many drama therapists make use of text, performance, ritual and other modes of expression to enrich the therapeutic and creative process. Drama therapy has proven effective with numerous populations in a variety of treatment settings.

For more information about creative arts therapies, call:

424 239 6472

DAZ Foundation

DAZ Foundation
Locations: Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Mar Vista, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Cerritos, Lakewood, Inglewood

Phone:   (424) 239-6472
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