Experiential Therapy Activities
At Hannah’s House, we use activity-based interventions that appeal specifically to the interests of women. Our techniques are engaging and selected with the purpose of improving the mental, physical, and spiritual wellness of our female patients while promoting fun and relaxation. This work is key in assisting women as they develop the knowledge, life-skills, and behaviors that support healthy, long-lasting recovery.
Experiential therapy works much differently than typical talk-therapy sessions where many women are more reserved. Experiential therapy activities provide space for you to be yourself, especially when you do engage with your therapist.
These activities allow you to learn new skills and take on new challenges, helping you learn what success feels like and boosting your confidence when it comes to handling potential obstacles when they arise in your life.
What are Experiential Therapy Activities?
Experiential activities leverage therapeutic techniques and activity-based interventions to restore physical and psychological health, well-being, and recovery. This active form of therapy can break down the barriers to sustained recovery while restoring self-confidence. The focus on a shared, enjoyable experience with other patients is an effective treatment methodology for addiction. The approach can help a person heal her body, mind, and spirit while releasing tension and promoting a healthier, active life-style.
How do women benefit from experiential activities?
Studies show that experiential activities provide positive health outcomes for women of all ages and backgrounds, including those with behavioral or psychiatric disorders as well those impacted by addiction. As a result of societal stigma and social expectations, women recovering from addiction may not always readily connect with their most challenging emotions such as fear and shame.
Experiential activities can help women reach within themselves for new solutions to complex emotional problems.
Through the collective group experience, female patients at Hannah’s House are given the opportunity to challenge themselves and stretch the limits of their own abilities. This experiential form of therapeutic intervention allows a peer-group of women to explore mental, emotional, and physical growth. Highly trained therapists empower our patients to confront their fears and build the confidence needed to recover.
With every clinically-driven opportunity, we challenge the women in our boutique trauma-focused treatment program to step outside their comfort zones with support from their peers. Experiential activities at Hannah’s House offer women new avenues by which to pursue sobriety and total wellness in a group setting. Each carefully crafted experience is designed to promote cooperation, teamwork, trust, improved communication skills, and personal growth.
Our team provides a wide array of group activities, including:
- Problem-solving initiatives
- Outdoor pursuits
- Trust activities
- Cooperative games
- Beach experiences
Common disorders and symptoms addressed through experiential therapy activities include:
- Addiction and substance use disorders
- Mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder
- PTSD and trauma
- Attention-deficit disorders
- Personality disorders
Key areas of focus during experiential groups include:
- Stress and anger management
- Healthy coping strategies
- Teamwork and leadership training
- Development of an active lifestyle
- Emotional processing
- Reducing isolation
- Increased sense of self-worth and self-esteem
- Positive community interaction
- Building healthy relationships
- Deepening the spiritual connection
How Do Experiential Groups Differ From More Traditional Therapies?
Experiential groups embrace a definition of health which transcends the mere absence of “illness,” or in this case, addiction. It extends to encompass all areas of emotional, physical, cognitive, and social development. Our goal is to help each patient find an abundant life of purpose and meaning. The unique feature of experiential groups that makes it different from other modalities is the use of strategies and interventions that involve the entire body in the therapeutic process.
This means working within the bounds of each patient’s physical abilities and helping them mindfully connect to themselves and the world around them. Therapists who use an experiential framework have a unique perspective and can incorporate teamwork into the process of recovery in a way that is meaningful and relevant.
Our wellness coordinators and therapists weave the concept of healthy, active living into each treatment plan in order to enhance health, independence, and successful involvement in all aspects of life.