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Experiential Therapies

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. 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…

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

What is Equine Therapy? Equine facilitated therapy is an experiential (hands-on) psychotherapeutic intervention involving horses as co-therapists. Depending on your identified needs, your treatment plan may include equine therapy. Here at Castle Craig our Equine Therapists are EAGALA trained. A qualified Mental Health Practitioner works alongside a Horse Specialist each focusing on human and equine behaviour respectively, ensuring emotional and physical safety. There is no riding involved and no prior horse-knowledge is required, this therapy is also suitable for those with a fear of horses. Horse therapy is non-directive therapy which encourages the individual to find their own answers and…

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Art Group in Addiction Treatment

Art is a channel of self-expression which can prove to be extremely useful for people suffering from addiction, especially for those who struggle to communicate in other ways in group therapy or private therapy sessions. Art can help bring about feelings of self-confidence and worth while simultaneously providing patients with ways to understand and cope with their addiction. 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 therapy can also help people going through addiction…

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Creative Writing in Addiction Treatment

Creative input during rehab treatment can help restore a spiritual balance and build up a recovering person’s self-identity. Why Writing? Through exploring our deepest feelings and trying to put them into words we have found that Creative Writing: Helps patients to identify and express feelings sometimes too difficult to express in conversation or group; Provides inspiration and a means of changing negative feelings; Helps to organise chaotic thoughts and to focus on what’s really going on; Opens minds to new interests; Provides practical writing skills that can help in future life (e.g. in the workplace). People with ‘thoughts that do…

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Drumming Therapy

Drumming Aids Communication Drum therapy is a therapeutic method that promotes self-expression and healing by either listening to the sounds of drumming or patients actively participating in drumming. This ancient method has been used for thousands of years to help maintain physical, spiritual, and mental health. Research shows that drumming strengthen’s physical healing, feelings of well-being, boosts your immune system, and confidence. Drumming therapy also has proven to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and lessen the attention to chronic pain. Drumming helps the mind focus and meditate, it releases blocked emotions and relieves stress. How it Works Drumming uses rhythm…