Experiential therapy is a form of therapy that is based on utilizing activities to help individuals identify and address emotional situations that have either stemmed from their substance abuse and/or caused the substance abuse. Some of the most common types of experiential therapy include:
- Equine therapy
- Ropes courses
- Music therapy
- Art therapy
Through experiential therapies such as these, individuals who are seeking treatment for addiction and/or mental health conditions can start putting names to the emotions that they are experiencing surrounding their current conditions. Once these emotions are realized, individuals can then begin working through them in an effort to resolve them and move forward.
Experiential therapy is guided by a professional therapist who will not only observe the actions of the individual during the activity but also help him or her draw out the emotions that are being felt in an effort to promote resolution. Additionally, that therapist and the activity at hand can help an individual realize experiences or emotions that might have been blocked from memory.
Additional Benefits of Experiential Therapy
While the greatest benefit of experiential therapy is identifying and addressing emotions and experiences, there are also a number of other benefits associated with this form of non-traditional therapy. Consider the following:
- Improved coping skills
- Increased self-esteem
- Greater empathy for others
- Ability to trust others and one’s self
- Increased motivation
- Decreased feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, or depression
- Improved attention and focus
- Greater self-awareness
- Better ability to handle stress
- Improved problem-solving skills
Experiential therapy is also beneficial because it joins people together. Those who are in treatment and who are receiving experiential therapy can utilize these activities as a means of learning through one another. Bonds can also be developed, and in turn, a strong network of support can come from participating in this kind of therapy.
Experiential/Outdoor Therapy at The Center for Professional Excellence
At JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence, we operate under a holistic and personalized approach to care. Our primary goal is to promote deep, lasting healing so that long-term recovery can be achieved. When combined with other therapies, such as individual therapy and family therapy, the experiential/outdoor therapy we provide can help clients explore music, art, movement, and other creative outlets to utilize during their treatment. While also offering continuous therapeutic support and comprehensive care, JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence provides a number of outdoor adventures within the river, forest, and farmland that our facility is situated on.
At JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence, we offer the following experiential/outdoor therapies:
Music is universal in bringing people together and helping individuals express emotions. We provide songwriting therapy (led by a local songwriter) who helps clients move through the songwriting process. The goal is to produce lyrics to a song based on the group’s shared thoughts, feelings, and words. Each songwriting therapy session can work to trigger an emotional release or a sense of awareness for participating clients. Additionally, it also helps individuals with shared struggles come together and realize that they are not alone.
Equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is a form of experiential therapy that includes the use of horses to help work out deeply rooted emotional issues. EAP at JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence operates under the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), which is the leading international nonprofit for professionals who include horses into their program with the intention of addressing mental health and personal development. We follow the EAGALA model, which includes no riding or horsemanship, making it as safe and as effective as possible for patients. Horses are the ideal animals for this form of therapy, as they are nonjudgmental and extremely responsive to energy.
Through guided equine therapy exercises, clients will learn valuable lessons, increase their self-confidence and self-esteem, and build trust and teamwork skills.
Art therapy can help improve a client’s self-awareness, promote strong insight, learn how to manage conflicts, and improve social skills. At JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence, we offer art therapy as a way to not only promote these skills but also to provide clients with an outlet where they can be free to express their emotions.
Yoga is a common activity throughout addiction treatment, as it is extremely beneficial in decreasing stress, improving physical function, and even aiding in better sleep. This form of experiential therapy encourages inner connection with oneself and a sense of mindfulness through focused breathing and body poses.
We utilize all of the 127 acres of our property for adventure therapy, which helps clients build strength, stamina, and endurance. The trust that can be built amongst peers during adventure therapy activities can help clients gain confidence that they can overcome their active addiction. Some of the adventure therapies we offer include the following:
- High Ropes
- Low Ropes
- Fly Fishing
Adventure therapy is very beneficial to our clients and can produce the following results:
- Awareness of strengths and weaknesses
- Encourages stepping out of one’s comfort zone
- Improves fine motor skills and coordination
- Promotes emotional discovery and healing
- Develops problem-solving skills
- Improves self-esteem and self-confidence
- Develops team-building and leadership skills
- Allows for a sense of accomplishment
- Promotes trusting oneself and others
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Addiction is a lonely and tormenting disease but a fulfilling life is waiting on the other side. If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction or alcoholism, call us today at 844-259-9926 to learn about your treatment options. Getting sober doesn’t have to be scary or boring. Our experiential and outdoor therapies will help you heal from your past and show you how to have fun again!