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   Music, art, and play can help people more easily reveal something about internal thoughts, feelings, and actions via indirect methods.  Music and art usually provide stories and offer perspectives about what is both heard and seen (internally and externally).  Whether the creativity be ones own, or if it is someone else’s—what is “said” can tell yet another story. 

   Because there are people (adults and children alike) who may decline to explain or discuss what is going on—play, art and music can be a medium to begin dialogue and to show and share interest.  With art and music and play many people can “give voice to” what traditional talk therapy might otherwise miss

   Play therapy can include treatment tools that are as simple as sand, blocks, balloons and paper; these are helpful in assessing and treating nearly everyone who enters therapy. Anger, sadness, joy, fear—the emotions can be expressed and experienced via non-traditional therapy methods.

  The inability to disclose mental health information, electively or unintentionally, can slow the assessment and treatment process. With what seems to be simple art, music or play treatment time can be accelerated substantially.



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