What is experiential therapy?
Experiential therapy uses art, music, sports, games, and relaxation to assist clients in the improvement of their mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. Therapists work to decrease and eliminate barriers to participation in leisure and recreation activities. They also help clients reintegrate into a vibrant, active community.
Experiential therapy enhances people’s independence and allows them to actively participate in life. Clients are able to explore new leisure interests and develop new coping skills. To make the therapeutic experience relevant, experiential therapy incorporates clients’ interests, family, and community. It is extremely individualized to each client’s past, present, and future interests.
Experiential Therapy at Wasatch Crest
At Wasatch Crest, the mission of the experiential therapy program is to provide clients with a variety of effective therapeutic modalities that empower them to rediscover their passions, develop motivations, and exercise survival skills to face trials and build meaningful lives in recovery.
The experiential therapy experiences facilitate the development of self-efficacy, resilience, positive communication, self-discovery, self-awareness, and stress management, among other things, to promote a holistic sense of well being in recovery.
At Wasatch Crest, we utilize yoga, mindfulness, experiential therapy, service work, spirituality, music, adventure therapy, and creative expression to curate a robust experiential therapy experience for our clients.
Yoga and Mindfulness at Wasatch Crest
Clients participate in yoga three times a week. Yoga can be integral to early recovery. The practice helps clients regulate stress hormones, take time to breathe, and train their minds to be present, rather than avoiding emotional discomfort.
Our yoga and mindfulness sessions include:
- Restorative: The restorative poses and guided mediation are intended to induce a state of deep relaxation.
- Core and Sculpt: The strengthening poses are good for decreasing physical pain like back pain which can be helpful for clients struggling with opioid addiction.
- Balance: The balancing poses and following vibrational sound healing meditation helps clients fully arrive in the present moment.
Expressive Therapy at Wasatch Crest
Expressive therapy at Wasatch Crest includes art, music, and dance sessions. During the sessions, the process of creation is emphasized rather than the final product.
Expressive therapy groups include:
- Therapeutic drumming: Group drumming is excellent for stress relief. The sessions are also ideal for engaging more withdrawn clients.
- Painting class: The artistic setting is a social and lightly therapeutic opportunity for growth.
Adventure Therapy Outings at Wasatch Crest
Our adventure therapy outings offer a massive variety for clients.
Adventure therapy experiences include:
- Lakota Sweat Lodge Rituals
- Equine Therapy Sessions
- Ropes Course Outings
- Indoor and Outdoor Rock Climbing
- Tubing on the Provo River
- Snow Tubing
- Experiential Hiking
- Escape Rooms
- Hatchet Throwing
- Skiing and Snowboarding
- And more!
Service Work Outings at Wasatch Crest
We emphasize service as an integral part of recovery and community involvement.
Our volunteer work outings include:
- Park City Habitat for Humanity volunteer work
- Nursing home support
- Trail maintenance on our adopted trail
Evaluating the Experience
Every aspect of experiential therapy has a purpose. The clinicians regularly intervene to help clients process important moments during the experiences. At the end of each session, clients participate in a formal group evaluation with their therapist to analyze their experiences.