Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a therapeutic approach that encourages people to identify and address hidden or subconscious issues through activities such as guided imagery, use of props, art, role playing and other activities.  This type of therapy is designed to recreate real experiences, helping people tap into underlying issues-such as repressed emotions, unhealthy relationship patterns, unresolved trauma and unconscious conflicts. Some individuals may find it difficult to identify and explore their thoughts and feelings through talk therapy alone. Experiential therapy gives people the opportunity to practice new behaviors and improve their intrapersonal skills in a unique therapeutic environment.

Local Experts in Experiential Therapy

Molly Olk

Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy

With my background at Naropa University, I often incorporate experiential work with clients in order to better understand the depths of clients' suffering and to allow clients to dig into their feelings in a new way. While talking about feelings can be very helpful initially, I've found that inviting clients to participate in some experiential therapy allows them to move forward more effectively.

Shawn Brndiar

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Group Therapy

Sometimes the best way to access our unconscious is through experiential activities. Experiential activities help us get back in touch with our sense of play and engage our imaginations.

Rebecca Moravec

Individual Therapy, Family Therapy

I believe in the here and now. This means we will focus on moments in the therapy room that are a microcosm of life outside of the therapy room.

Dr. Faye Kouimelis

Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Child Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy

Occupational therapy is an experiential therapy. OTs use activity as the main avenue of treatment. The word 'occupational' does only mean 'work', occupation is what an individual does to occupy their day, which includes self-care, play, school, hobbies, exercise, relationships, and more. Occupational therapy and experiential therapy are closely intertwined.

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