Expressive Therapies

Expressive Therapies

Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania works with prospective patients to formulate and implement individualized treatment plans to help manage symptoms of psychiatric illnesses including anxiety, depression, psychosis and behavioral disturbances, which often coexist with medical conditions such as dementia. An important part of a patient’s treatment plan is therapy.

Haven’s program offers a mix of expressive and psychological therapy daily to stimulate the mind and body of patients while reducing anxieties. These services include medication management, music therapy, recreational activities, nutrition education, psychosocial group, spiritual enrichment and pet therapy.

Expressive Therapy is defined as therapies that introduce action to psychotherapy. Therapy, like life, is rarely limited to just one form of expression. Expressive therapies include the use of art, music, dance and movement, drama, poetry and creative writing and play. Many of these forms of expression including art, music, dance and movement, drama, and poetry and creative writing are also considered Creative Arts Therapy.

Each day begins with a stretching and movement group. This group encourages patients to engage in exercise for physical and mental health benefits. Patients are also oriented to date, time, place and weather, as well as informed of any current event issues. To conclude group, the guests are encouraged to reflect and identify a therapeutic goal for the day.

Patients participate in music therapy daily. Music therapy is an expressive arts therapy in which a board-certified music therapist designs music experiences to address patient’s physical, emotional, mental and social needs. Music experiences include singing, instrument playing, songwriting, listening to music, song discussion, movement to music and music games.

For relaxation, patients may engage in guided relaxation with music and nail care. To stimulate the minds of the patients, they engage in creative expression activities such as painting, drawing and crafts, as well as cognitive activities such as word puzzles, trivia and games. These therapeutic activities teach patients coping skills, modeling appropriate social interaction, allowing the opportunity for self-expression and boosting self-esteem.

The ultimate goal of Expressive Therapy is to return patients to their best possible level of health so they can be integrated back into the community and treated safely on an outpatient basis.