Expressive Therapies

Expressive Therapies
What are Expressive Therapies?
Expressive Therapies are the use of creative arts therapies to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals. Expressive Therapies are differentiated from other creative arts professions because the focus of the creative activity is not simply on the artistic product. The primary focus of the creative activity is to help a person reach a therapeutic goal. Expressive therapies are conducted by professional trained in fields such as art therapy, music therapy, or other creative arts therapies. Some common goals of expressive therapies include:
  • Coping with symptoms
  • Increasing hope
  • Managing emotions 
  • Increasing positive self-image
  • Gaining insight 
  • Self-expression
  • Reducing anxiety
Who can benefit from Expressive Therapies?
Expressive Therapies have been a successful treatment process for a wide range of people. No previous experience is needed in art or music to participate in expression therapies. Some situations where you may consider expressive therapies are the following: traditional “talk” therapies have not been a good fit for your needs, the “hands-on” approach of creative arts would be beneficial to your thinking process, or you have an interest in the use of creative outlets for addressing your needs.
Credentials of Expressive Therapy Staff
Expressive Therapy services are carried out by staff who have completed nationally recognized training standards in the fields of art therapy and music therapy. Art and music therapist have knowledge and mental health training on types of creative processes that can help a person reach their goals. Art therapy training includes a master’s degree in art therapy and national registration as an art therapist. In the field of music therapy a clinician may have either bachelor’s degree or masters’ in music therapy and national board certification as a music therapist. Some art therapist and music therapist also hold additional credentials in other mental health fields.   
Expressive Therapy Services
Art Psychotherapy
Art therapy techniques are used to provide counseling and psychotherapy services. Creative arts interventions focus on the treatment of mental health concerns and gaining insight into one’s thoughts and feeling to respond through healthy strategies. Individual or group based art psychotherapy are available. Most private insurances and KanCare cover this service.   
Art or Music Rehabilitation
These services are available to individuals that have KanCare and meet eligibility criteria for additional rehabilitation services. Eligibility is determined by a standard evaluation to assess criteria for Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) or Psychiatric Rehabilitation Service eligible (PRE). Art therapy or music therapy are provided to help a person reach toward their treatment and recovery goals. This could include such things as developing coping strategies, learning about arts and music resources in the community, developing vocational skills in the arts, and empowering positive steps toward life goals. Individual meetings with an art therapist or music therapist are available as well as art and music psycho-social groups. 
Contact the Expressive Therapies Manager to determine which services best fit your needs: 785-783-7558. 
Payment for Services
Expressive Therapy services are billed to your insurance company in the same way as other mental health services. Please contact your insurance company to learn if you have a co-pay for your mental health services. For those without insurance, or those who prefer not to use insurance, private pay rates are available. Contact the Expressive Therapies Manager for more information on cost of services. 
The Creations of Hope Gallery
The Expressive Therapies program sponsors the Creations of Hope Gallery located in the NOTO (North Topeka) Arts District. The Creations of Hope gallery is a partnership of artists dedicated to the mission of mental health awareness. To participate in the gallery artists do not need to be enrolled in services with Valeo or the Expressive Therapies Department and is open to all who would like to contribute in our mission of advocacy through art. For more information on the gallery visit our web page or Facebook page
Contact Information
Valeo Expressive Therapies
330 SW Oakley Ave. (South Entrance)
Topeka KS 66606

Creations of Hope Gallery
909 N. Kansas Ave.
Topeka KS 66608

Program Manager
Cara Weeks ATR, LCPC
(785) 783-7558
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