During the course of their lifetime, a person may have endured any number of painful experiences. These may damage not only the body, but the mind as well. But just as negative experiences can be harmful, positive experiences can be used to heal. With experiential therapy, patients engage in activities which help address and overcome past traumas allowing them to continue down the road to recovery. Sovereign Health of Florida uses experiential therapy techniques as part of a comprehensive wellness program to help patients establish healthy, balanced lifestyle habits allowing them to achieve and maintain recovery.
What Is Experiential Therapy?
During experiential therapy, patients engage in activities or actions. According to the American Society of Experiential Therapists, this “serves to elicit material from the unconscious that allows one to fill in perceptual, cognitive and emotional gaps. Material that has been out-of-vision can come to the surface where it can be worked through and seen in a new light.” When engaged in these activities patients develop a new sense happiness, well-being and enthusiasm for life. Experiential therapy techniques have proven useful for improving relationships, depression, anxiety, recovery from addiction and trauma.
Sovereign Health of Florida offers patients a range of experiential therapy activities. These include:
According to an article published in the Journal of Human-Animal Studies, participants in equine therapy “showed significant and stable reductions in overall psychological distress and enhancements in psychological well being.” During equine therapy, clients interact with horses using verbal and nonverbal communication to build a relationship based on mutual trust and understanding. While working with horses, patients gain confidence, respect, empathy, accountability, as well as social skills, like cooperation and boundary setting. We offer equine therapy at both our Fort Meyers and Pompano Beach locations.
Just as the body requires exercise, the mind and spirit need healthy activities to stay strong and vital. At Sovereign Health, we know that remembering how to have fun fosters healing and recovery. Enjoyable activities help patients regain a sense of hopefulness and well-being. We encourage patients to participate in the numerous activities we offer. Hiking and beach visits are especially popular at both our Fort Meyers and Pompano Beach locations. Patients can also enjoy weekend acitivites, such as boat shows and arts and music festivals.
Yoga is another of the experiential therapy exercises available as part of Sovereign’s holistic approach to healing and recovery. A 3,000 year old tradition, yoga, is now classified by the National Institutes of Health as a form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Western yoga is not a religious practice, but it does promote spiritual well-being, making it popular among those in recovery. Studies have shown that yoga alleviates stress which fosters both physical and psychological health. Yoga classes are offered at both our Fort Meyers and Pompano Beach facilities.
Expressive Arts Therapy
Expressive arts integrate the mind and body while improving self-understanding and self-expression. Art therapy, music therapy and expressive writing all allow patients to access thoughts and feelings they may not have been able to recognize with more traditional therapeutic approaches. Through these therapies patients learn to express themselves in a healthy productive manner.
Other Experiential Therapy Techniques
Patients share their own interests, skills and hobbies with one another at Sovereign Health as part of the experiential therapy experience. Many have inspired other patients with their music, poetry, comedy, art, dance, hair design and other talents. These experiences build self-confidence, social skills and relationships that can last a lifetime.
Treatment at Sovereign Health of Florida
Sovereign Health of Florida is a leader in the treatment of mental health disorders, substance use disorders, or both. Experiential therapy is one of many ways we equip patients with the life skills and tools they need to thrive and enjoy lasting recovery. We place special emphasis on treating patients with a broad range of evidenced-based therapies. We recognize that every patient is a unique individual requiring a specific treatment approach that best suits their needs. Experiential therapy techniques well-suited to each individual can be a useful and enjoyable part of the recovery process.
To learn more about the treatment programs offered by Sovereign Health of Florida, please visit our website or call our 24/7 helpline.