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Experiential Therapy for Young Adults

Experiential therapy involves movement, actions, or exercises. Practicing these activities help a person identify and address subconscious negativity that lingers due to past experiences.

How Experiential Therapy Works

As a client focuses on the activity or task at hand, the the therapist might talk with them about how the experience makes them feel. Through this process we may identify certain actions which help the client understand the emotions attached to specific behaviors. Experiential Therapy helps clients better express their emotions and thoughts while interacting with others.

Common Types of Experiential Therapy:

  • Adventure Therapy
  • Animal-Assisted Therapy (e.g. equine therapy)
  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Psychodrama
  • Recreation Therapy

General Benefits of Experiential Therapy:

  • Change
  • Emotional growth
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Personal empowerment

Experiential Therapy Treats Many Conditions:

  • Trauma
  • Eating disorders
  • Behavior disorders
  • Anger management
  • Substance abuse
  • Addiction
  • Gambling

Why Experiential Therapy is Important for Young Adults

Many studies have shown that movement plays an important role in learning, as well as releasing stress. Another key aspect of experiential therapy for young adults is how it promotes community, team-building, and deeper relationships with one’s peers.

What Does Experiential Therapy at Sandstone Care Look Like?

Young Adult Experiential Therapy

At Sandstone Care, we use a variety of experiential therapies to help young adults. For example, a clinician may guide young adults in writing and playing music in music therapy, or drawing in art therapy. They may also do yoga and outdoor activities, like rock climbing or a ropes course. Through these activities, young adults will have an opportunity to continue learning how to process their emotions and behaviors. They might even pick up a new hobby or activity for their spare time.

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