Experiential therapy is based upon the client getting involved in a whole lot of experiences so it is very activity based and very different from the often used ‘talk’ type of therapy.
First originating in the 1970s, experiential therapy requires clients to get in touch with issues hidden within their subconscious through a mix of events and activities. They may include role playing or any other type of active experience. Experiential therapy is a category of therapy so it covers a broad range of therapies including art, music, adventure, psychodrama, equine and many more.
Your experiential therapist will use this process to get you involved in activities and experiences that will be at the core of the therapy whilst allowing them to observe you in situations where you are not focusing just on the counselling session. To give you some idea of how this works, if you are taking part in art-based experiential therapy, you will be focused on what you are creating so will be more likely to let your guard down and show facets of your personality and self that would have remained hidden during a standard talk-type therapy.
As you move through the procedure, taking part in experiential therapy, you will be supervised by your counsellor who will look at the way you deal with success, obstacles, self-confidence and taking on responsibility, to name just a few examples. Your experiential therapist will then be able to help you with positive change, being empowered personally and growing emotionally. Having seen you during your most unguarded moments, they will gain a deep insight into the real ‘you’ and what you need support with.
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