As the name suggests, experiential therapy is a therapeutic approach that focuses on the idea of experiencing, encouraging clients to address issues through activities like role playing. Part of the theory behind experiential therapy is that by focusing the client on a task or activity, they are more likely to behave in an unguarded manner, allowing the therapist to make important observations and provide valuable feedback. The term experiential therapy can also be applied to numerous other therapeutic practices such as equine therapy, art therapy, music therapy, and wilderness therapy.
How can Experiential therapy help me
Experiential therapy uses a variety of creative tools and activities, such as role-playing or acting, props, arts and crafts, music, guided imagery as well as various forms of recreation in order for the individual to have the freedom to re-encounter and experience emotional situations from past or recent relationships. As the individual focuses on activities they have the creative space to experience and identify various emotions related to success, disappointment and self-esteem. With the support of a qualified and experienced therapist the individual undertaking therapy is able to release and explore negative feelings of anger, hurt, or shame related to past experiences which had been hidden and unaddressed.