Expressive Arts: A Complement to Narrative Therapy Practice

Expressive arts differ from aesthetic arts in that they convey a message or hold personal meaning to the artist. Expressive arts are used in art therapy to help people work through emotional issues, trauma, and more. The key to expressive arts is the process and it’s meaning to the artist, not aesthetic perfection.  Expressive arts used in conjunction with Narrative Therapy Techniques allows art therapists to help clients re-author their stories in ways that are meaningful and empowering.  Below are some examples of Del’s pieces combine poetry, painting, and collage that represent various aspects of their life story.

Del offers Expressive Arts as part of their regular therapy practice.  Del also offers Expressive Arts coaching for those who are not seeking therapy services.

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Oil on Canvas Painting and Mixed Media Collage series on Emotions and States of Being.

ALL Bodies are Beautiful series on body diversity, Oil on canvas.

Lifeline: An Autobiographical Collage. Mixed Media.

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Expansion series on a 20-year-old painting, working on Trauma-related nightmares and post-traumatic growth. Mixed media collage with Acrylic, original poetry and feathers.

Mixed media collage with poetry series.

Grief Collages with original poetry.

Wellness Clock, Values Compass, Emotion Thermometer and Readiness for Change Barometer

Wellness Collection