What is Experiential Therapy?
Our experiential therapy program at Freeman Recovery Center was formed to encourage patients to identify and address hidden or subconscious issues they may be dealing with. What is experiential therapy? It is a form of therapy that involves actions, movements, and activities—instead of the more traditional “talk” therapies. Patients deal with underlying issues through role-playing, guided imagery, and a range of other active experiences. We believe that this form of therapy serves as a useful tool to examine personal relationships and initiate self-discovery on how those relationships affect current behaviors. Rather than talking, being given a book, or a list of things to complete, our clients will have the chance to recreate experiences that trigger difficult emotions or feelings—so our clinical staff can assist with the healing process.
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Experiential Therapy & Emotions
Emotions are a reflection of an individual’s personal reality—they tell the story of our lives, however “good” or “bad” it may be. Our experiential therapy program helps participants locate and pull out emotions that have been locked up or hidden away for long periods of time, bringing them to the surface so they can be dealt with. Often, participants will experience negative episodes from the past, and then can identify the specific emotions tied to these episodes. Our trained staff encourages clients to create solutions that neutralize the damage those emotions caused, which promotes healing for each individual.
Experiential Therapy at Freeman
Experiential therapy can be utilized through various forms of activities. Our team at Freeman Recovery Center has worked to develop an innovative program that with assist every client through the healing process. Some examples of our experiential therapy include:
- Recreation Therapy
- Equine Therapy
- Expressive Art Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Wilderness Therapy
- Adventure Therapy
Advantages of Experiential Therapy
We believe the most valuable advantage of our experiential therapy program is that it allows our therapists to observe patients in situations where the patients are not focused on the therapy itself. It is an opportunity for patients to develop passions, hobbies, and heal in a peaceful and natural way. As recovering men and women progress through structured therapy activities under the guidance and supervision of a qualified, skilled therapist, they have the opportunity to experience successes, identify obstacles, develop improved self-esteem, and take greater responsibility for their actions going forward. Throughout each man’s time at Freeman, he will experience change, emotional growth, and personal empowerment while participating in these therapies.
The Freeman Theory
Clearing away emotional and mental obstacles to growth is a necessary and effective step toward healing old wounds and allowing a person to find closure from traumatic episodes in their lives. Our goal is to help people identify what emotions are causing them the most harm and confront those feelings in a healthy way. Through the process of experiential therapy, our clients will learn to live in the present and not dwell in the past, establish healthy relationships, get along with others, and much more.
The activities our patients participate in provide new ways for filling leisure time during their daily lives. It is critical that after treatment, patients find healthy and productive leisure activities to replace countess hours previously spent seeking, acquiring, and using alcohol and other drugs. Our program opens doors for clients to become more aware of their own needs, motivations, and behavioral patterns—ultimately promoting healing, recovery, and long-lasting sobriety.