The use of expressive techniques in counseling

Loretta J. Bradley, Peggy Whiting, Bret Hendricks, Gerald Parr, Eugene Gordon Jones

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This manuscript explores and identifies the use of expressive techniques in counseling. Although verbal techniques are important, sometimes the best of verbal techniques are not sufficient. Creative, expressive techniques can add a new, important dimension to counseling. Such expressive techniques as cinema, art, and music are described to help counselors deal with ethical dilemmas, grief and loss, and substance abuse. These techniques can assist counselors and their clients in reframing ideas, shifting perspectives, externalizing emotion, and deepening an understanding of an experience or an issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-59
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Creativity in Mental Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 27 2008


  • Art
  • Cinematherapy
  • Counseling
  • Creativity
  • Ethics
  • Expressive techniques
  • Grief
  • Loss
  • Movies
  • Music


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