At JourneyPure Emerald Coast, we use a variety of experiential therapies to help patients tap into the underlying issues of their addiction.
What Is Experiential Therapy?
Experiential therapy, developed in the 1970’s, is a general term for a variety of therapeutic activities that go beyond traditional “talk therapy.” These include equine therapy, art therapy, music therapy, songwriting therapy, adventure therapy, and much more. Being immersed in nature and creative activities can make it easier for patients to identify and confront the unresolved patterns and emotions that compose the core of addiction and psychological problems. Experiential therapy is valuable because it can help to break patients out of their shell and show them new ways to cope with unpleasant personal issues that do not involve drugs or alcohol.
Through participating in guided activities, clients overcome obstacles, enhancing the self-esteem in the process. The active nature of experiential therapy allows patients to let their defenses down more easily than they would in more traditional individual or group therapy settings. Upon completing an experiential therapy activity, a patient has the opportunity to process the experience with a trained therapist. The therapist offers valuable feedback and a safe space for reflection and discussion.
A key component of experiential therapy is that it bypasses the intellect. Most addicted individuals have spent time analyzing their behaviors, yet still haven’t been able to create sustainable change. With experiential therapy, an individual is often in a situation in which they must respond quickly, allowing unconscious patterns to emerge. Experiential therapies often reveal true patterns and motivations rather than what an individual thinks they already know, giving direct access to underlying issues that need to be addressed.
Benefits of Experiential Therapy Include:
- Increased self-esteem and confidence
- Enhanced ability to trust others as well as one’s self
- Improved communication and self-expression
- Reduced feelings of hopelessness, anxiety or depression
- Improved problem-solving skills
- Improved ability to handle stress
- Improved attention and focus
- Reduction in destructive and undesirable behaviors
- Increased motivation
- Greater empathy for others
- Better coping skills
Experienial Therapies at JourneyPure Emerald Coast
- Songwriting Workshops
Songwriting can put your feelings into words in an artistic and creative way, freeing patients from the emotions associated with life’s challenges. Patients may even discover they actually have quite a knack or talent for the songwriting process!
- Equine Therapy
Horses and humans can develop an almost symbiotic bond. There is something incredible about interacting with a horse, that makes them a vital part of the therapy staff.
- Team-Building Activities
Many individuals who partner with JourneyPure Emerald Coast have faltered or stumbled in their personal relationships. Team-building activities can be the perfect, low-risk place to start to gain trust and learn how to be trustworthy.
- Outdoor Challenges and Recreational Activities
One of the biggest benefits of JourneyPure Emerald Coast is our location. We enjoy taking patients to the beach located near the facility and have developed outdoor challenges and recreational activities that will help you push yourself physically and mentally in a beautiful and relaxing setting.
- Wilderness and Adventure Therapy
If you crave adventure, we have wilderness and adventure therapy sessions. These therapies will make you feel more in tune with the person you are becoming during the recovery process. Wilderness Experience Therapy (WEP) puts patients in an environment totally unlike their previous environment — primal, natural and pure.
Take the First Step Towards Recovery
Contact us at JourneyPure Emerald Coast to learn how experiential therapy and our recovery programs can work for you.