Experiential therapy involves immersing yourself in an experience through the use of various expressive modalities and recreational activities. Therapists may use tools like role-playing, animal interactions, outdoor excursions, the arts, or psychodrama to help someone identify and focus on what they are feeling.
This type of therapy involves psychological exploration by occupying oneself with a specific activity and engaging the body in some form of physical activity instead of participating in a traditional, evidence-based talk therapy setting. Therapists can discreetly observe a person's behavior while they are participating in the activity. When clients are focused on a task at hand - instead of the clinical process itself - less guarded, more authentic reactions and emotions come to the surface. Furthermore, activities are designed to develop skills and engender the benefit of an increased sense of self-worth.
Designed to help those in recovery develop a stronger sense of self, experiential therapy can teach an individual in treatment how to face buried feelings and past traumas without feeling compelled to return to substance misuse or triggering other unhealthy responses such as eating disorders.
Experiential therapy can be used in an individual, family, or group setting and in conjunction with traditional therapies.
At Vita Recovery, we help you initiate a total overhaul of your perspective. In a therapeutic setting, these changes may happen more as a result of an experience or encounter rather than receiving information.
By stimulating real-world stress and triggers, experiential therapy provides more space for mental healing, a less guarded exploration of feelings, and practice in healthy response.
Through learning how to overcome distress in the present moment, clients recovering from substance use disorders address facing their triggers in daily life. They also address anxiety or depression and other mental health conditions in real-world settings.