Creative Expression

Individuals seeking a deeper understanding of who they are, and gaining greater insight to what has meaning for them, will benefit greatly from the creative process. There are multiple creative possibilities to awaken and release fuller expressions of your authentic self. Studies show significant brain activity and positive psychological responses to drawing, painting, music, theater and movement to name a few. Findings in research provide clear evidence that the hippocampus, which serves as our memory bank also supports our ability to imagine and create. So why would that matter for mental health or healing and recovery from suffering? By engaging in the creative process, individuals can regulate their emotions, reducing anxiety and promoting emotional well-being. The act of creative expression activates the reward pathways in the brain, releasing dopamine and promoting positive emotions. Creative expression provides a distraction, a feeling of control, a sense of accomplishment, pleasure, relaxation, relief from stress, physical pain or illness.