Creating a brave and empowering space for equality with – race, gender, sexuality, age, economic status, cognitive, physical, spiritual needs and those living with mental illness – through trauma informed care: music therapy, art therapy, dance/movement therapy and psychotherapy, to improve health and well-being.
General Wellness Options
what we offer
In our efforts to empower individuals to improve health and well-being through evidence based therapies, Expressive Therapies has chosen to offer a variety of individual sessions and group events that are shown to improve overall wellness.
Studies show some of the benefits
of utilizing music as medicine are:
lowered stress levels
reduced anxiety levels
stimulation of healthy brain activity
strengthened immune system
creation of new or restoration of damaged neuropathways in the brain
improved coping strategies
Drumming can have a profound affect on one's emotional, physical and spiritual well being. Rhythm is innate in all of us and brings joy and self-expression in our lives. The drum is a powerful instrument. Strong. Percussive. Loud. The drum empowers us to be our strongest self.
Drumming may facilitate self-expression, as the drum becomes a voice of emotions for which words alone cannot express, allowing individuals to release emotional tension.
Drumming is also very physical - it is a great exercise in learning to release physical tension in a healthy manner.
The drum has extraordinary power to touch something deep and powerful within us all. It awakens an aspect of ourselves that lies dormant until it hears an ancient calling through the rhythms of this healing vehicle.
Drum circles can be recreational or therapeutic in nature. Bring drumming to your next gathering - whether it is a girl's weekend, a corporate event or a family gathering.
music and imagery
Have you ever wanted a different method to address things going on in your life? Sometimes we feel like we "talk things to death" and they still are not where we would like them to be!
Music and Imagery is an opportunity to gain a new approach into your psyche! Utilizing carefully selected music, depending upon what has been discussed and the desire of the session, the music and the therapist become "co-facilitators" and offer a different technique in order to get “a glimpse of the psyche”. The intent is to work with one specific issue or intention. Throughout the music and imagery portion, you are imaging in the style that works best for you!
Imagery is more than just visualization. Types of imagery include: visual, auditory, olfactory (smell), gustatory(taste), tactile (touch), kinesthetic (internal sense of movement in the body), body – distortion of body parts, and noetic – a very strong sense of knowing. We all image differently and each time we image, it may be different for ourselves.
After the imagery work is over, the experience is continued on paper, in order to process, usually through a mandala.
Dynamic Drumming is an energizing music and cardio combo that is great for a team at work, the whole family or with friends! The class is customizable with a variety of music genres and can be held in person at your location, in person in our offices, or virtually.
Our internal rhythms – our heartbeat, rate of breathing, the speed we talk, walk and move are all unique to us. Because of this, drumming can be a motivator, an avenue for collaboration and conflict transformation while having fun! Much laughter encourages stress relief!
Rhythm is used around the world to promote healing and self-expression. Research shows that group drumming:
reduces blood pressure, depression, and anxiety symptoms,
produces feelings of well-being.
reduces tension and stress.
promotes healing and self-expression.
strengthens concentration, memory, attention, and focus.
releases negative feelings, blockages, and emotional trauma.
connects participants to a deeper part of themselves and to the larger world.
reduces cortisol levels.
boosts the Immune system.
Is a great workout for your brain and body!
“My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.”
― Martin Luther
All services are facilitated by board-certified, licensed therapists.
Therapy and enrichment services are offered at 245 N Metro Dr in Appleton WI.
These services may also be a better fit in the community and/or a client's home/place of service.
Expressive Therapies is happy to travel to best meet these needs as well.