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Creative Arts Therapies Counseling Services

Your inherent (unexplored) creative abilities can be a powerful resource in your search for wellness.

The Creative Arts Therapies Department offers counseling services based upon the approaches of music therapy, art therapy, and dance/movement therapy.  Our services are provided and overseen by Creative Arts Therapies Department Faculty who are highly experienced, licensed and/or board certified therapists in music therapy, art therapy or dance/movement therapy.  Affiliated with the Creative Arts Therapies training programs at Drexel, our therapists also include graduate students who are closely supervised by faculty members of the department.

Who can benefit from our services:  We serve people of all ages (infants, children, adolescents, adults) and of all races/ethnicities, abilities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and religious beliefs who are interested in exploring new solutions to life challenges. There is no need for any prior experience with music, art or dance/movement to benefit from the creative arts therapies.  Through the process of creative expression within the context of a supportive therapeutic relationship one can address the following: 

  • Feelings of stress, depression, anxiety, and loss
  • Eating and body image
  • Support with chronic and acute medical conditions; Assistance with pain management
  • Addictions
  • Symptoms of post-traumatic stress
  • Transitioning between life stages
  • Memory
  • Cultural identities and acculturation
  • Behaviors on the autism spectrum; Developmental delays; Intellectual disabilities
  • Parent-infant/ child relationships
  • Support with attention and focus related to ADHD behaviors
  • Anger management related concerns

Whether through the medium of music, art or dance/movement, our approach focuses on your creative abilities and unique strengths as a means of helping address situations and build coping strategies. Through participating in the creative process with the support of the therapist you gain insights and perspectives that may not be apparent in therapies that use words as the primary medium of communication and problem solving.

What are the creative arts therapies?

The creative art therapies at Drexel’s Parkway Health and Wellness consist of music therapy, art therapy, and dance/movement therapy. Each field, supported by its own national professional organization, has published a formal statement about its practice. For further information you can find these statements, along with specific website addresses by clicking the tabs at the top of this page.

Art Therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well- being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological and counseling theories and techniques.

Taken from American Art Therapy Association:

Based on the empirically supported premise that the body, mind and spirit are interconnected, the American Dance Therapy Association defines dance/movement therapy as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual. Dance movement therapy is focused on movement behavior as it emerges in the therapeutic relationship.  Expressive, communicative, and adaptive behaviors are all considered for group and individual treatment. Body movement, as the core component of dance, simultaneously provides the means of assessment and the mode of intervention for dance/movement therapy.

Taken from American Dance Therapy Association:

Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients' abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words.

Taken from American Music Therapy Association: