Category: Experiential Therapy

The Powerful Gift of Recovery as an Art Form

By Scott Frazier, MSC Manager, Eating Recovery Services Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination placed on any medium. The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) defines art therapy as an integrative mental health tool that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. Art therapy effectively supports personal and relational... Read More

Sierra Tucson and EAGALA: Making connection through horses

By Jessica Miceli, MAC, LSC, EAGALA Certified Professional On January 19-21, 2017, Sierra Tucson will host the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association’s (EAGALA) “Training the Trainers” workshop. Founded in 1999, EAGALA is a nonprofit organization that has set the global standard in offering a fully developed, professionally endorsed treatment model for mental health professionals practicing equine-assisted psychotherapy. EAGALA has over 4,500 members in 50 countries (“The EAGALA Model” 2009-2010). Since... Read More

Music Therapy: Finding the Rhythm of Recovery

Did you know that incorporating music therapy into the treatment of addiction is beneficial to one’s recovery? It complements other treatment modalities used to help each individual. Music therapy can be active or passive; it can involve listening or singing. At Sierra Tucson, Family Therapist Michael Simpson, MSC, BCC, LAC, leads communal drumming circles. With the right rhythm and a new perspective on regaining harmony, music therapy can help open... Read More

Psychodrama at Sierra Tucson

By Bill Coleman, LMSW, TEP Resident Psychodramatist Psychodrama at Sierra Tucson has a long history. It has been offered since the opening days in 1983 and long considered one of the most powerful forms of group therapy. Not easy to describe, psychodrama can be classified as experiential therapy. It is essentially role-playing, where disturbing and inhibiting forces on the inside of an individual are manifested on the outside, in the... Read More

Experiential Therapy & Yoga

Walking the Walk, Beyond the Talk By Sunni Knowlton Therapeutic & Recreational Activities Facilitator & Yoga Specialist After many years of research and personal work delving into countless modalities of therapy and holistic healing, I’ve come to believe something: While talk therapy is extremely beneficial and therapeutic, integrating the body (physical sensation and awareness) with the mind and spirit produces astounding results in the physiological, psychological, and mental well-being of... Read More

Somatic Equine Therapy

By Liz Dampsey, MA, RSMT Equine-Assisted Psychotherapist Attempting to explain somatic/equine therapy to a friend, I found myself searching for the words to describe this predominantly non-verbal intervention. Thinking about the work I am blessed to do every day elicited a slew of sensations that originated in my heart area and moved throughout my system. My friend, who saw me groping for words, said, “Isn’t it somatic just to work... Read More

Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone: The Power of Experiential Therapy

By Christopher Craig, MA, MS A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. As part of the Therapeutic & Recreational Activities Program at Sierra Tucson, experiential therapy gives participants the opportunity to engage in new behaviors, take healthy risks, and gain insight into patterns that are preventing them from moving forward. This process is replicated in... Read More