What is Expressive Arts Therapy?
Expressive arts therapy is a multimodal approach that combines psychotherapy and counseling with the creative/artistic process to promote emotional healing.
Our innate desire to create and to express is channelized through music, writing, reading literature and poetry, memory books, videos, dance, movement, drama, painting, and other such artistic approaches. In this creative endeavor, as a facilitator, I guide the person to explore, understand, analyze, initiate change, heal and empower oneself.
We create art drawing inspiration from our deepest emotions, sometimes from feelings buried deep within our subconscious. The creative expressions allow us to delve deeper into ourselves and start a journey of self-discovery and emotional healing.
I incorporate narrative approaches as well to help people tell their life story and to understand and form a meaning of their lives. Expressive arts therapy can benefit both adults and children. The sessions can be individual one-on-one or as group therapy.
Expressive arts therapy can help achieve emotional growth and get clarity in relationship issues. The flow of creative expression can lead to profound insights, nurture positive changes and strengthen one's emotional health.
I am Sudha and I am an Expressive Arts Therapy Facilitator based in Bengaluru. At present, I provide only online consultations.
I have a background in Medicine (M.B.B.S.). My journey of Expressive and Creative Arts Therapy started with the Foundation Course in Expressive & Creative Arts Therapies (FECAT) from The Studio for Movement Arts & Therapies Trust (SMArT), Bangalore; moving on to Narrative Therapy from Children First & Dulwich Centre, Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy from The Embody Lab, USA, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) & Thought Field Therapy (TFT) from The Priority Academy, and Healing Trauma from Embody Lab, USA.
My special interests are childhood trauma, trauma from parental substance abuse, self-esteem issues, anxiety problem, divorce, and spousal abuse.
Life WILL throw you a curveball!
I have battled a range of experiences that got me interested in psychology and how we can overcome our challenges to rediscover meaning, purpose, strength, hope and happiness. Having survived a dysfunctional home in childhood, critical liver illness, autoimmune diseases, brain tumor, and other more universal traumas like heartbreak, betrayal, and bereavement, I have also realized the importance of mental healthcare, friendships and social support networks. Expressive arts therapy opened up a new path to me to help others in the way that I have always wanted to. Through Reclaimind I wish to support others in their journeys of mental well-being.