How Therapy Helps
It’s not uncommon for people with various mental health issues to have unresolved pain from their past, often buried on some subconscious level. Due to the negative events in their past, they find it hard to express their feelings or have healthy relationships. They often lack a sense of self-awareness and don’t feel validated enough to express their real emotions or desires.
Continuing to bury painful feelings leads to unhealthy outcomes. Only when clients acknowledge their emotions — good and bad — can they move forward with healing.
When clients engage in experiential therapy activities, therapists observe them. Although it’s in a therapeutic environment, the activities are similar to ones clients would do in real life.
To the client, it doesn’t feel like a therapy session, but it gives professionals insight into a person’s psyche. Everything from how a client looks to what she says can provide therapists with a greater understanding of her mental state. When busy in an activity, clients are usually more comfortable and relaxed. Their expressions and reactions are much more likely to reveal their true selves.