Expressive Arts Therapy
Expressive arts therapies are defined as the use of art, music, drama, dance/movement, poetry/creative writing, bibliotherapy, play, and sandplay within the context of psychotherapy, counseling, rehabilitation, or medicine. Additionally, expressive therapies are sometimes referred to as “integrative” when various arts are purposively used in combination in treatment (Psychology Today website).
Standing Hope utilizes expressive arts therapy as an adjunctive therapy. Standing Hope's therapists seeks to support clients in utilizing the creative and expressive arts to further facilitate personal reflection.
“Do you say that tree isn't pretty cause it doesn't look like that tree? We're all trees. You're a tree. I'm a tree. You've got to love your body, Eve. You've got to love your tree. Love your tree. (Leah- a 75 year old Masai Woman)”
― Eve Ensler, The Good Body
Love Your Tree (LYT) Program
Medium: Terracotta, painted
Reportedly From: Ma'mariya, Egypt
Dates: ca. 3500-3400 B.C.E.
Period: Predynastic Period, Naqada IIa Period
The Love Your Tree (LYT) Program is inspired by the work of Eve Ensler and utilizes expressive art therapies and animal-assisted therapy to explore the concept of body image. Through these modalities clients gain a deeper understanding of their own conceptions and examine new ways of connecting with their body.