At Breathe, we incorporate several Experiential Therapies into all of our treatment programs. As the name indicates, experiential therapy involves activities, movements and actions, going beyond the traditional “talk therapy”. This therapeutic approach encourages clients to identify and address hidden or subconscious feelings or issues through activities such as guided imagery, role playing, the use of props and other active experiences.
Change, emotional growth, and personal empowerment are all among the benefits of participating in an effective experiential therapy program. Because experiential therapy clients are often focused on the task or activity at hand — rather than on the therapeutic aspect of the experience — they are more likely to behave in a more unguarded and genuine manner.
Experiential Therapy is useful in showing clients how to deal with problems and find solutions that replace compulsive behaviors with healthier expressions for both positive and negative emotions. For many, it may be the first time they have had to deal with feelings in such a complete way. When clients learn to replace those negative feelings with positive ones, they can move forward in their recovery and they learn how to better cope with problems they encounter in their lives.