Our Creative Therapies are forms of psychotherapy where multiple art modalities and expressive arts-based approaches are at the center of the healing process. These are based on the premise that “learning by making” with the help of a trained clinician, can help individuals re-connect with their inherent ability to self-heal and shape their own lives within a therapeutic relationship one-on-one or in groups. Foundational objectives in these therapies include creating spaces where individuals and groups can:
- experience safety
- grow in self-awareness
- engage in creative problem-solving
Expressive Arts therapists, who are also qualified psychologists, are trained mental health clinicians with the clinical experience to treat mild to severe issues with a proper multi-disciplinary team (psychiatrist, primary care physician, other therapists, other family members) including:
- mood disorders: depression, suicidality, bipolar
- anxiety disorders: OCD, selective mutism, panic disorders, social anxiety
- mental disorders
- behavioral issues
- developmental delays
- general problems with daily living; severe stress
- trauma: complex, developmental, PTSD
Dance/Movement Therapy is defined by the American Dance Therapy Association as “the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, cognitive and physical integration of the individual.” It is the use of movement as a medium for non-verbal communication and expression. It is a non-intrusive approach in encouraging individuals to express themselves, through simply using the body. By going back to the body, individuals are able to understand how their bodies relate to themselves, their environment, and those around them.
Some goals of Dance/Movement Therapy include:
- Body, mind and spirit integration
- Relatedness and socialization
- Increase body awareness
- Expand movement repertoire
- Develop self-confidence and self-identity
Ages 4 and up
Art Therapy addresses a range of behavioral, emotional, and other clinical issues using visual arts and counseling as the medium for therapy.
Art Therapy creates a space where the client has the opportunity to engage in a non-verbal exploration of his or her concerns, and make tangible that which is difficult to verbalize. While each session also involves a dialogue, the dynamic between the client, therapist and the art are central to the healing process. Beyond the content of the art, the process of art-making offers clients an opportunity to explore and experiment with various art materials and supplies and shape the work at his or her own pace. This allows for the client to re-connect with his or her capacity for self-determination.
Some goals of Art therapy include:
- Creating a safe space for exploration of the individiual or group’s presenting concerns
- Explore thoughts, memories, mindsets, and themes
- Enhance capacity to articulate thoughts and feelings
- Develop self-awareness and self-identity
- Develop/process natural responses to tactile and visual stimuli
Music Therapy addresses a range of behavioral, emotional, and other clinical issues using music, sound and counseling as the medium for therapy.
Music Therapy is a process in which a psychologist encourages wellbeing and healing through the intentional use of musical instruments, movement and rhythm, and the performing and visual arts. Music Therapy at MAGIS is available for all ages, and group or family therapy is also available.
- Process thoughts, memories, mindsets, and themes
- Open new avenues of non-verbal communication
- Increase/enhance capacity to cope in challenging situations
- Develop self-regulation and self-identity
- Develop/process natural responses sensorimotor and auditory stimuli
These therapies begin with an initial evaluation, which concludes with an evaluation meeting with the client (client’s parents if client is below 18). A number of sessions will be recommended, in which goals are set to be achieved.