Expressive arts therapy-the purposeful application of art, music, dance/movement, dramatic enactment, creative writing, and imaginative play-is a non-verbal way of self-expression of feelings and perceptions. More importantly, they are action-oriented and tap implicit, embodied experiences of trauma that can defy expression through verbal therapy or logic.

Research proves that almost 93% of communication occurs non-verbally (e.g. via tone of voice, gestures, micro-movements, facial expression, posture) while only 7% is through speech. The wounding, fragmentation and angst caused by trauma & adversity are undeniable. Traumatic stress interferes with our ability to express verbally and make meaning of unmetabolised experience(s).

Our innate gifts can become our treasure in the therapeutic journey.

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Cognition is not a reliable asset during the initial phase(s) of recovery from trauma. Any psycho-therapeutic intervention, which reinforces memory, recall, sequencing, reflecting and meaning-making is discombobulating. Neurobiology and polyvagal informed research validates that YOU & I are pre-verbal, sensory, somatic, expressive and emotionally intelligent being. Trauma survivors implicitly seek shelter in relational safety and gentleness which is a proof of our innate organic intelligence towards expansion. Our sensory-somatic needs can be harvested through somatic attunement and including the nervous system.

The journey out of trauma imprint(s) towards integration is through -

  • Embodied felt sense of safety, stability and agency
  • Self & Co-Regulation
  • Expressing impulse(s) for attunement & integration
  • Re-wiring procedural tendencies.
  • Awareness of unconscious choices and implicit actions.
  • Attending to memory fragments.
  • Creative resourcefulness.

Let us collaborate to re-inhabit Psychological safety, nervous system regulation(s), attachment repair(s) and spontaneity.

People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner. I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.