Expressive Therapy

     Expressive Therapy is the use of creative arts (paint, collage, clay, music, etc.) to help people gain insight and heal through the use of the imagination and creative expression. Many people think you have to be creative or artistic to do expressive therapy, when actually no artistic talent is required. It is more about the process of creating rather than the final result.


     A session might include painting colors, shapes, and textures on a canvas or creating an image using clay. Other uses of exploration might involve making a collage, journaling, or creating a picture using miniatures in a sand tray.


      It can be difficult to express feelings or find the right words to express thoughts. Expressive therapy provides an outlet for individuals of all ages to safely move towards new insights and personal awareness. Creativity has the power to heal emotional wounds, soothe pain and build confidence.

Patricia Zielinski M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage &Family Therapist/Certified EMDR Therapist

(949) 433-8949

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26431 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite 260

Mission Viejo, CA 92691