Rather than talking with a therapist in a traditional office setting, an experiential therapy session could take place at an art studio, a horse stable or during an outdoor hike. That’s because experiential therapy involves a physical, hands-on activity or experience that provides interactive opportunities for individuals to open up to their therapist. For those who have trouble expressing deep emotions or talking about painful times in their lives, experiential therapy can be life changing. 

Experiential therapies are real-time events or encounters that may cause a shift in a person’s perception of themselves or the world around them. As an integral part of an effective treatment program, this therapeutic method provides patients with a safe place to explore complicated thoughts and challenging emotions, make important connections between these thoughts and emotions and develop healthier coping skills.