The Expressive Arts Therapies

Expressive Arts therapies are powerful and effective modalities in the treatment of eating disorders and mental health symptoms. Unexpressed emotions and thoughts out of awareness, interfere with true recovery. Art Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, music, and psychodramatic role-play make emotions, bodily-felt sensations, and cognition more accessible. Once emotions and thoughts are accessible, one can better utilize the problem-solving methods in CBT and DBT.

At Resilience DBT & Eating Recovery, we incorporate expressive arts therapies like art and dance therapy as part of our comprehensive approach to treating eating disorders and mental health conditions. Our Licensed therapists use these modalities to help clients access their emotions and thoughts, which can be challenging for those struggling with eating disorders. By integrating expressive arts therapies into our treatment plans, we aim to help our clients build greater self-awareness and emotional regulation skills that support their long-term recovery.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses the creative process of utilizing the process of art to improve mental health and wellbeing. At our practice, we believe that art therapy can be a powerful tool in the treatment of eating disorders. Art therapy can help individuals express and process their emotions, reduce anxiety, and improve self-esteem. Our art therapists work with clients to develop individualized treatment plans that incorporate various art mediums, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, and collage.

Dance/Movement Therapy

Dance therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses movement and dance to promote emotional, physical, and social integration. Movement Therapy helps clients to develop body awareness, improve self-expression, and explore their emotions through movement. Dance/Movement therapy can be particularly helpful for individuals with eating disorders, as it can help to improve body image and self-esteem.

Expressive Arts Therapies with children & adolescents

We understand that eating disorders, anxiety, depression or traumatic experiences can be especially difficult for children and adolescents to navigate. That’s why our practice is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for young people to explore their emotions and experiences. Our therapists are highly trained to work with children and adolescents and use age-appropriate approaches to treatment.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions that can have serious physical and emotional consequences. At Resilience DBT & Eating Recovery, we take a comprehensive approach to the treatment of eating disorders, incorporating evidence-based treatments, such as Family Based Treatment (FBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), as well as expressive arts therapies like art and dance therapy. Our treatment plans are tailored to each individual’s unique needs and often included in their individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy.

We believe that healing is possible, and we are committed to helping our clients achieve lasting recovery. If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder or other mental health issue, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.

How do I begin?

Our team is dually and expertly trained in the Treatment of Eating Disorders and DBT for Mental Health. Our Evidenced-Based approaches include FBT, CBT-E, DBT-ED, and Comprehensive DBT for co-occurring mental health conditions. Our outpatient practice has helped Children, Teens and Adults achieve full Eating Disorder Recovery and Mental Health Stability for over 25 years.


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