Expressive Arts

A creative form of treatment

Expressive Arts

Expressive Arts Therapy, or simply art therapy, encourages patients to express themselves through a variety of activities that can help them process what they learn during group sessions. The expressive arts allow patients a creative way to give voice to feelings and experiences they may not feel ready to verbalize in a group or one-on-one setting. Artistic expression can also lead to self-discovery or insight that wouldn’t be accessed through more traditional therapy methods.

Art room at Claudia Black Center

How It Works

When patients are given a creative environment for personal expression, they experience a freedom that allows them to unearth and dissect their inner feelings, which is an important part of the healing process. By using images to communicate, patients often better express their emotions than if they were to convey them verbally.

Our art room is stocked with paint, clay, collage and drawing materials, pastels, colored pencils, and other creative supplies for free expression. Patients take part in regular art therapy through directed projects that relate back to topics covered during group sessions as well as the reasons they came into treatment. This form of therapy is not at all cognitive, so it works with the lower parts of the brain that we don’t normally have access to, and it’s beneficial to experienced artists and the “creatively-challenged” alike. That’s because the works of art created are not the final product. Instead, the simple yet profound exercise is about what patients can recognize and realize about themselves through the process.

Art Supplies

Reach Out for Help

If you or someone you love is struggling or feeling stuck, we’re here to help. Our compassionate team of experts is experienced in working with young adults and addressing the unique issues they face. Let our program be the first stop on the road to long-term recovery.

Claudia Black Young Adult Center - Metate building


Our experienced, compassionate Admissions team is here to help 24 hours a day and will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve. Let our specialists help you create a road map to get you where you want to go: a healthier, more balanced, fulfilling place in life. When you call, you’ll be led through a series of questions to determine if the Claudia Black Young Adult Center is the right fit for your needs, and how soon your treatment can begin.

If you are interested in treatment for yourself or a loved one, call or fill out our convenient Admissions form!




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