By Ciera Cuevas, MA, LPC
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that was initially designed to help individuals with borderline personality disorder manage intense emotions and improve their relationships. Since then, it has proven effective in addressing a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges. DBT comprises four core modules: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
In recent years, expressive art therapy has gained recognition as a powerful tool for promoting emotional growth and self-awareness. Expressive art therapy is based on the belief that artistic expression can foster healing, growth, and connection to self and others. These components complement DBT by providing a non-conventional and engaging approach to skill-building. By integrating various art forms such as painting, drawing, creative writing, music, and movement, expressive art therapy allows participants to explore their feelings, thoughts, and experiences in a safe and non-judgmental space. Its ability to tap into the creative essence of individuals makes it a unique and effective approach to teaching dialectical behavior skills.
Conducting expressive art therapy within a group setting offers several advantages. Group dynamics encourage peer support, validation, and shared experiences, fostering a sense of belonging and reducing feelings of isolation. It creates an environment where participants can learn from one another, practice empathy, and develop valuable social skills.
The integration of expressive art therapy with dialectical behavior skills training has proven to be a promising approach for young adults in a group setting. By embracing creativity and self-expression, participants can enhance their emotional well-being, develop essential coping skills, and strengthen interpersonal relationships. The combination of DBT principles and art therapy offers a holistic and transformative experience, empowering young adults to navigate life’s challenges with greater resilience and self-awareness. Through creative expression, you not only gain valuable skills but also embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth.
This fall 2023, Mindful Multicultural Counseling, located in Ewing, NJ, is offering a chance to participate in an introductory group experience. The group will further explore the integration of expressive art therapy as a method for learning and enhancing skills that support emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness, and distress tolerance among young adults.
If you're interested in learning more and/or signing up for this group offering, please fill out the group interest form, linked here.
There will be a free intro group session on Friday, 9/15 at 7:30pm at our office location, 20 Scotch Rd., Suite E., Ewing, NJ 08628. Questions about the group? Interested in therapy services at MMC? Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mindful and Multicultural Counseling Clinical Team
Therapists and psychologists committed to improving well being and mindful living.