At JourneyPure At The River, clients use Experiential Therapy to quickly get to the underlying issues of their addiction.
What Is Experiential Therapy?
Experiential therapy is an umbrella term for a range of therapeutic interventions that go beyond traditional talk therapy and include equine therapy, music therapy, art therapy, songwriting therapy, adventure therapy, and more.
Developed in the 1970s, this therapeutic approach encourages patients to identify and address underlying issues on their own. Through participation in guided activities, clients defy obstacles, enhance self-esteem, and experience surprising success. The active nature of experiential therapy allows patients to let their guard down more easily than they would in more traditional individual or group therapy settings. Upon completion of an experiential therapy activity, a client has the opportunity to process the experience with a trained therapist. The therapist offers valuable feedback and a safe space for reflection and discussion.
One of the key components of experiential therapy is that it often bypasses the intellect. Most individuals with addiction have analyzed and scrutinized their patterns and behaviors yet still haven’t been able to create sustainable change. With experiential therapy, an individual is often in a situation in which they must respond quickly allowing unconscious patterns to emerge. Experiential therapies often reveal the true patterns and motivations rather than what an individual thinks they already know, therefore giving direct access to underlying issues which need healing.
Additional Benefits of Experiential Therapy
- Increased self-esteem and confidence
- Enhanced ability to trust others as well as one’s self
- Improved communication and self-expression
- Reduced feelings of hopelessness, anxiety or depression
- Improved problem-solving skills
- Improved ability to handle stress
- Improved attention and focus
- Reduction in destructive and undesirable behaviors
- Increased motivation
- Greater empathy for others
- Better coping skills
Experiential Therapy At JourneyPure At The River
At JourneyPure At The River, experiential therapy is an effective component of our comprehensive customized treatment plans. By learning to identify and release negative core beliefs, and by gaining the skills to manage feelings and behaviors, clients can overcome underlying issues that may be driving their addiction such as depression, anxiety, stress, family conflict, trauma or other issues.
JourneyPure’s holistic and personalized approach to care facilitates deep healing for long-term recovery. Combined with individual and family therapy, our unique experiential programs allow clients to explore art, music, and other creative activities, while receiving the therapeutic support and well-rounded treatment they need.
JourneyPure At The River offers a variety of experiential therapies:
Whether you’re creating your own music, dancing, or listening to your favorite songs, music therapy is a powerful tool for recovery. Check out our one-of-a-kind songwriting therapy program.
Equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) boosts self-confidence, self-esteem and trust. Through working with intuitive and non-judgmental horses, you will develop trust, communication, and problem-solving skills.
Finding the inspiration within yourself and from your experiences encourages soul searching, introspection, and healing.
Adventure therapy involves tackling physical challenges to help you develop the skills you need to take on post-treatment obstacles. While building strength, stamina, and endurance, you’ll begin to heal your body and work towards physical and emotional recovery. The determination and trust you build in yourself and in your peers during these group activities will help you stay substance-free.
Take The First Step Towards Recovery
Contact us at JourneyPure At The River to learn how experiential therapy and our recovery programs can work for you. We are available 24/7.