Expressive Arts Therapy | Lydia Charak Psychotherapy - Toronto, ON Canada

Expressive Arts Therapy in Toronto

Expressive Arts Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that incorporates the creative arts like visual art, movement, poetry, play, music and drama to name a few. By drawing from a myriad of art making forms and moving through one or a selection of them, I help clients to engage with their difficult stories.

Through creative expression and the tapping of the imagination, you have the opportunity to examine your body sensations, your feelings, memories and thoughts on the road to self-discovery and understanding. Putting emotions and thoughts on to paper for example, can make them seem more external rendering them easier to deal with.

This process is deeply rooted in the subconscious and bypasses the critical mind giving a direct route to underlying issues non-verbally and can be a safe and more comfortable way to deal with difficult material.

I incorporate the expressive arts by observing the your creative process and impulses and then encouraging you to talk about the experience through Compassionate Inquiry. From this process you will discover personal meanings, glean insights and strengthen your inner resources.

Storytelling, painting, clay work, journalling, mask making, creating poetry, making life maps and photographs are some of the techniques that I utilize to enhance and deepen the your therapeutic process. We work with one art making modality that you might enjoy or are curious about, or we can move from one activity to the next, deepening and enriching the experience.

The art honours what touches the soul, evokes imagination, engages the emotions and opens doors to previously closed avenues of thoughts, feelings and memories.

Therapy through the arts can be moving and fulfilling as well as extremely flexible and deeply effective. Notably, this process also helps encourage and foster creativity for those who feel stuck artistically.

Through the assistance of art activities, clients tell their life stories, deal with difficult material, review the meaning of their lives and build relationships with others. It is suitable for all ages from young children who don't yet have the vocabulary to tell adults what is going on or how they are feeling, all the way to seniors making meaning of their lives and wishing to leave a legacy.
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Art therapy that touches the soul

My philosophy of the Expressive Arts is based in the concept that everyone is innately creative whether they believe it or not so no previous experience in the arts is required or necessary, just a willingness to let go and explore.

As a therapist in Toronto working with the arts, I remain your companion and follow your lead, since after all, you are the expert in your life. I witness your story, your pain and struggles and hold the frame of safety and trust. I encourage and supporting the creative spirit within you which leads to improved mental health.

If this type of therapy sounds like something you could get into and benefit from or you've tried other therapies which didn't quite fit the bill, please
book a consultation so we can chat. I can help.