Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy uses hands-on experiences and expressive tools while revisiting difficult moments. This approach eases negative emotions associated with traumatic moments.

Wide Variety of Disorders

People are able to cope with past pains and harmful memories. It can also be helpful for those who are wanting to change their current or future relationships with others.The benefits of experiential therapy ultimately differ from person to person. However, most people usually learn to release negative emotions. They also learn how to cope with painful memories and the guilt and shame attached to them.

Experiential therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of disorders and afflictions with success. These include:

  • Addiction
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Trauma
  • Family conflict & communication issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Adolescent behavioral problems

At Brooks Healing Center, we utilize our beautiful property for experiential therapy sessions including animal care, role-playing, music, arts and crafts, and more.

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When you think about traditional therapy, an art studio or a hike in the woods probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But these are just some of the activities that are common during experiential therapy sessions.

Experiential psychotherapy focuses on interactive activities or experiences that provide patients with the opportunity to confront negative emotions or past traumas. For patients who may have trouble opening up to their therapist about difficult emotions or challenging times in their lives, this therapy can be useful since it allows them to confront their feelings in a “safe space”.

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How Does Experiential Therapy Work?

According to Psychology Today, experiential therapy can be particularly beneficial in treating addiction by helping patients understand why certain experiences have shaped their behaviors. With the help of our Brooks Healing Center skilled therapists, this therapy can help patients make positive lifestyle changes instead of numbing their pain with drugs and alcohol so they can work toward achieving long-term sobriety.

What Are Examples of Experiential Therapy?

When people are focused on an activity such as animal care, role-playing, music, or arts and crafts – they tend to be less guarded. For example, if a patient is asked to interact with one of the animals at our treatment center but the animal doesn’t react the way the patient was anticipating, that interaction may help them reflect on their own behaviors.

Role-playing is another example of this technique. It allows patients to revisit difficult situations in their life to better understand any hidden emotions or pain they haven’t come to terms with which may be an underlying cause of their addiction(s).

Getting the Right Tools to Enjoy Life Again

Tyler Bowman, Founder and CEO of Brooks Healing Center, says that treatments like experiential therapy are at the core of the Brooks Healing Center’s mission “We want people to know that you can accept life on life’s terms and we’ll give you the tools to achieve that so you can succeed and enjoy a good life and feel fulfilled and happy.”

The Brooks Healing Center provides patients with the perfect setting to participate in experiential therapy. Our treatment facility is tucked away in the Tennessee countryside away from the fast pace and noise of Nashville and Chattanooga.

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