Unlike traditional talk therapy, experiential therapy focuses on action. It allows clients to immerse themselves in a variety of activities that engage both the body and mind.
Clients can take part in role-playing, animal interactions, outdoor excursions, arts and crafts, music, and more. Our therapists will recommend activities that they feel are more suited to each client’s circumstances, but ultimately, the choice is entirely up to the client.
Experiential therapy helps with many emotional or mental health conditions, such as:
- Anger management
- Behavioral disorders
- Relationship issues
Most people who struggle with addiction also struggle with one or more of the above. These underlying issues may have played a significant role in their substance use disorder.
Experiential therapy in an addiction treatment setting helps a person gain a stronger sense of self. They learn how to face buried emotions or traumas without turning to addictive substances as a form of self-medication. But this therapy is not meant to take the place of any prescribed medications the client is taking for their disorder.
What Therapies Are Experiential?
At Supreme Wellness Recovery, we believe experiential therapy enables a person to work through their emotions by moving their center of attention to something outside of themselves.
We offer a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for clients to enjoy in any type of weather. They can choose activities that align with their specific skills or interests. Depending on the client’s preferences, the activities provide different levels of intensity.
Experiential therapy options at Supreme Wellness Recovery include:
- Massage therapy
- Nutrition education
- Drama therapy
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Dance & movement therapy
- Equine therapy
- Adventure therapy
A therapist will focus on the client’s perceptions and awareness of what they experience during these activities. Clients will then be encouraged to explore what they are feeling in the moment and express what they think the emotions mean.
How Does Experiential Therapy Work?
According to the fundamental premise of experiential therapy, a person’s perceptions determine their behavior. As a vital component in our programs at Supreme Wellness Recovery, this hands-on form of therapy helps clients cultivate a different perspective on life in general, which will serve to keep them on track in recovery.
When a person learns how to release repressed emotions, they open themselves up to experience positive feelings such as forgiveness, love, and acceptance. Their negative perceptions of reality shift to a positive, optimistic outlook.
What Are the Benefits of Experiential Therapy?
Who can benefit from experiential therapy? Anyone who wants to be free from unpleasant or painful feelings, addictions, or other compulsive behaviors will benefit from this form of therapy.
Also, those who have difficulty expressing their emotions during traditional talk therapy sessions will discover an outlet for their repressed feelings through this physically oriented approach to therapy.
The benefits of experiential therapy include:
- Improved self-reliance
- Reduced impulsivity
- Greater focus
- Expanded problem-solving skills
- Increased desire to participate more actively in life
Experiential therapy is an essential aspect of holistic treatment. The importance of a holistic treatment program is that it uses an all-natural approach to treatment.
By focusing on healing the mind, body, and spirit concurrently, holistic therapy facilitates whole-person healing. That’s why our addiction treatment programs incorporate holistic therapies to augment our traditional treatment methods.
Experiential Therapy at Supreme Wellness Recovery
Supreme Wellness Recovery offers a full continuum of care for addiction treatment. Our program incorporates evidence-based holistic therapies that are proven to achieve positive outcomes.
As part of our holistic approach, experiential therapy helps clients open up to new experiences. However, experiential therapy is not our only form of treatment. We also offer a customized treatment program that includes counseling, group therapy, and skills training to prepare our clients for the challenges ahead.
We work closely with a client’s support system to ensure that they will have continuing support as they attempt to reestablish their place in the community.
To ensure quality care for anyone in need, we have IOP and mental health facilities in Bucks County. Our Montgomery County facility provides partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient programs, and outpatient treatment.
Supreme Wellness Recovery is in-network with most major insurance providers to help clients afford the quality treatment they need.
If you or someone you love needs treatment for substance use disorder, experiential therapy is an interactive, creative way to achieve your recovery goals. Contact us at Supreme Wellness Recovery today to learn more. One of our representatives will be available to answer any questions you have about our programs.