The Expressive modalities (ExAT) I practice integrates expressive art(s) therapy, Psychodrama, process work & somatics. The methodologies I am trained in are time-tested, evidence-based and aligned to the latest neuroscience research on the psycho-sensory-neuro-biological factor(s) [‘bottom-up approach’] to mental & emotional well-being.
I embrace a ‘low skill - high sensitivity’ approach to trauma recovery, translating to -
- Leveraging creativity as a life force and resource for post-traumatic growth & healing.
- Orienting to individual inclination and preferred expressive modalities.
- Sensory sequencing using the bottom up approach by prioritising the unmet needs of sensorimotor, limbic and peripheral nervous system.
- Aligning the expressive processes for new choice making and completing survival / defensive responses.
The work of therapy is to bridge our IMAGINATION with our SOMATIC intelligence.
Why consider Somatic-Expressive-Creative Art(s) therapies?
- Assist the integration of the left & right hemispheres of the brain through intentional gross and micro-body movement(s).
- Aid sensory and nervous system regulation to foster relational safety and social (ventral vagal) engagement.
- Scaffold a sense of self through anchoring on our life force of imagination, creativity and spontaneity.
- Consolidate implicit memory and tacit emotions through present moment experiencing in the ‘here & now’.
- Soothe traumatic stress symptoms includes anxiety, chronic pain, depressed mood, hypervigilance and emotional dysregulation.
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