Talk therapy can be extremely productive, and is an essential part of recovery. However, it can be difficult to access certain topics in a conversational therapy session, because some of our deepest issues are buried in the subconscious mind.
Less structured forms of therapy which allow some play to occur have a good chance of touching nerves that guide us to some of these deep-seeded issues. Experiential therapy, part of the weekly schedule at Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women, uses these more playful avenues to access core issues. Through role playing exercises, psychodrama, and enacted interactions with the inner child, women are able to gain awareness about some of the psychological challenges they are facing.
Other activities offered at Safe Harbor such as art therapy, equine therapy and hypnotherapy also utilize these indirect passages to access the subconscious.