What We Help
Expressive image therapy is a preventative and reparative form of treatment in special education, physical illness or injury, mental illness, and related issuses. It may be used to help in the treatment of:
• Learning Disabilities and Academic Underachievers
• Role and Value Conflicts incl. School Avoidance and Failure
• Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder
• Social Anxiety/Social Phobia
• Stress Disorders
• Identity Confusion and Conflict
• Low Self-Concept and Low Self-Esteem or Sense of Self-Worth
• Mood Disorders, including Depression
• Physical Disabilities incl. Enabling the Disabled
• Negative Body Image
• Issues of Aging
• Obesity and Bariatric Recovery
• Eating Disorders incl. Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating
• Compulsive Exercisers
• Sexual Promiscuity
• Victims of Neglect, Abuse, Violence
How We Help
We use the elements of image, namely dress, grooming, and body language including etiquette, to achieve therapeutic goals. Visual design in dress and grooming is a creative art form. Dress and grooming are creative expressions using the elements and principles of design to draw negative attention away from the body, to communicate, to improve or restore a client's ability to function effectively, and to regain his or her sense of personal well being. Increased awareness encourages emotional growth with a realistic body image. Guided by the expressive image therapist or specialist, we help clients to express themselves visually, using clothes and grooming as resources or tools, because they are:
|• Visible, Key Factors in Daily Life
• Essential Parts of the Human Experience
• Universal Forms of Semiotic, Non-verbal or Visual Communication
• Natural Forms of Expressive Therapy
• Active Ways of Tapping the Imagination
|• Responsible for Setting the Boundaries for Social Interaction
• Creative Ways of Helping Clients Gain New Perspectives
• Props to Facilitate Problem-Solving Skills
• Resources Affecting the Achievement of Personal Goals
Who We Help
Meeting with individuals, small groups, and families, expressive image therapy may be practiced in a variety of settings, including:
• After School Programs
• Community Centers
• Cultural Institutions
• Training Organizations
• Housing Projects
|• Detention Centers
• Correctional Facilities/Prisons
• Disaster Relief Programs
• Hospitals and Rehabilitation
• Nursing Homes and Hospices
• Adult Day-Care Centers
• Adolescent Group Homes
• Residential Treatment Centers
• Outreach Centers
• Mental Health Facilities
• Private Practice Settings
Why We Help
Expressive image therapy contributes to and promotes:
|• general health, emotional
and physical well-being
• mental health
• personal development or growth
|• non-verbal communicataion and expression
Expressive Image Therapy Benefits
• engages people more directly and immediately than do traditional verbal therapies.
• becomes more interesting, more fun, and more memorable than traditional verbal or talk therapies.
• offers insights and solutions generally not accessed through more linear verbal discussions.
• accelerates and deepens the psychotherapeutic process.
• eliminates lack of attention to dress, which preserves poor self-concept or self-esteem, as dressing cannot be avoided.
• exposes false identities and reveals the real self or authentic image identity.
• revitalizes existing professional practice in creative and unique ways.
• expands self-awareness and enriches self-expression in clients served.
• brings creative energy and imagination to the organizations offering treatment.