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Experiential Therapies

Understanding Experiential Therapy in treating addiction

At Castle Craig, we offer a wide variety of experiential,  complementary and traditional therapies to help our patients achieve freedom from their addictions.  Experiential or “hands-on” therapy refers to multiple therapeutic inventions that utilise activity and expression to help process past emotional experiences.Clients petting a horse for equine therapy

Although measuring outcomes is difficult with this type of therapy, research suggests that benefits are promising–especially to those experiencing addiction or mental health issues.

Experiential therapy allows patients to express themselves creatively to help work through their emotions.

Depending on the patient’s needs, Castle Craig may integrate experiential therapy into the treatment programme. Types of experiential therapy offered at Castle Craig are:

  • Art group: Art group is a great way for a person to explore aspects of their life that they might not be able to explain in a conventional way. What’s more, when done in a group setting, art can also help people going through addiction treatment to draw closer and better understand each other’s experiences.
  • Creative writing: Creative writing helps patients to identify and express feelings sometimes too difficult to express in conversation or in a group.
  • Drumming therapy: Drumming helps the mind focus and meditate, it releases blocked emotions and relieves stress. It gets a group communicating, listening to one another and working as a team through rhythm, which helps aid group therapy and involvement in the therapeutic community.
  • Equine therapy: Equine facilitated therapy is an experiential (hands-on) psychotherapeutic intervention involving horses as co-therapists. Research shows Equine Therapy can work with those affected by addictions, emotional trauma (including  PTSD and dissociative process), atypical behaviours, self-worth issues, abuse,  eating disorders, learning difficulties, anxiety and depression.

Treatment planning according to experiential therapies is incorporated into the patient’s personalised care plan on the advice of our Consultant Psychiatrist and therapy team.

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