Expressive Art Therapy uses art and creativity to help people connect to their problems, give voice to their emotions, and learn techniques to heal their issues.
It uses a variety of techniques including art, drama, movement, music, poetry, puppetry, and sand play.
Through the experience of Expressive Art Therapy, a person’s individuality and self-esteem are supported and enhanced.
We have outlined some expressive art therapies for Anxiety treatment.
Art Therapy for anxiety treatment
Art therapy (AT) as a treatment option for anxiety is regularly employed in clinical practice.
Art therapy is a non-verbal, experience-oriented therapy that uses the visual arts (e.g., painting, drawing, sculpting, clay modeling) and is provided as standalone therapy or in multidisciplinary treatment programs for anxiety. The non-verbal AT approach is considered to be suitable for individuals with of anxiety, especially if they have difficulty in cognitive (re)labeling of their feelings, or if they are very focused on cognitive labeling and use rationalizing as a psychological coping mechanism. Moreover, the non-verbal AT approach is considered to be suitable for patients with high levels of anxiety, since talking about anxiety and traumas can evoke fear and associated physical reactions.
The Effectiveness of Art Therapy for Anxiety in Adult Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial this study concludes that Art Therapy is effective in reducing anxiety symptoms, improving quality of life and aspects of emotion regulation.
Music therapy for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder
Music therapy is a novel approach in clinical psychiatry for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Music Therapy with pharmacotherapy treatment reduces anxiety levels in Generalized Anxiety Disorder according with Beck Anxiety Inventory.
Music therapy (MT), is the use of music for therapeutic ends. There are reports that music can induce favorable effects in individuals with different pathologies.
It is necessary to note that there is a difference between playing music in a clinical place to achieve a specific effect and the use of MT in that MT is a form of psychotherapy with an epistemological context, and as such, it requires a therapist be trained in specific psycho-music techniques.
Is Dance Movement Therapy an effective intervention in the treatment of anxiety?
Dance movement therapy (DMT) is the psychotherapeutic use of movement, based on the assumption of the interconnection of body and mind, and the healing power of dance. Dance is an embodied activity and, when applied therapeutically, can have several specific and unspecific health benefits.
Interventions such as Dance Movement Therapy could be an interesting and acceptable treatment option for anxiety.
Effects of Dance Movement Therapy and Dance on Health-Related Psychological Outcomes. A Meta-Analysis Update Study Results suggest that Dance Movement Therapy decreases depression and anxiety and increases quality of life and interpersonal and cognitive skills, whereas dance interventions increase (psycho-)motor skills.