What is Expressive Arts?

I came across this article yesterday, although I may have read it before, and find that it really helps explain the difference between Expressive Arts Facilitating (which is what I do), Expressive Arts Therapy, and Art Therapy.

All three are different disciplines, with intertwining similarities. Often times people just assume that I am an art therapist when I explain what I do for my work. While the experiences I facilitate can be therapeutic, I am not a therapist. What I offer are spontaneous art making experiences for people that result in authentic, unfiltered creations. It is the process of creating, in and of itself, which is a natural and inherent quality that we all embody, that provides healing, insight and/or emotional release.

As I continue to learn, I will continue to share. I love facilitating art processes for people, and it is my hope that this will become a discipline that is as widely offered as yoga and meditation.

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