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The Healing Power of Art, Dance and Expression
Date:7/31/2009

CHICAGO, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The calming strokes of a paint brush and the expression of dance and movement have an incredible ability to soothe, heal and inspire. Experiential and expressive therapies, such as art therapy, dance and movement therapy and equine therapy, have the power to address a variety of mental health and behavioral issues including substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse issues, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.

At Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, residents' treatment includes experiential therapies as a way to practice skills and address issues necessary for their recovery. According to Kimberly Dennis, M.D., medical director of Timberline Knolls, the use of experiential therapy, when combined with a clinical treatment program, can often make it possible for individuals to experience and express feelings that need to be dealt with in order to achieve recovery.

"By recreating experiences and relationships, experiential therapies help residents to identify and address issues they cannot yet articulate or understand," said Dr. Dennis. "The creative process involved in experiential therapies helps to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness and achieve insight."

At Timberline Knolls experiential therapy is a critical component of the 12-step treatment model and is instrumental in emphasizing very specific aspects of the resident's individual recovery plan as it is incorporated throughout their entire treatment program. Integrating creative and experiential therapies into a traditional treatment program also helps residents regain a sense of mastery over their own recovery by allowing them to embody and visualize the principles of each of the 12-steps of recovery.

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