Modern Dancer

Expressive Therapy

We now understand that trauma not only lodges itself in the brain but also the body. We have also learned that you "hold" your beliefs about yourself in your body. Expressive Therapy gives you an outlet that allows you to benefit from music, writing, movement, drama and artistic expressions. 

R1:99 offers expressive therapy in individual and group formats.

Send an email to info@ R199.org to inquire about individual expressive therapies. 

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R1:99 is often brought in as experts in the field to help social service organizations and churches build resilience with their staff/volunteers who are working on the front lines with trauma survivors. When we work with broken people, we may start to absorb their trauma. It’s just what happens—to both the professional and non-professional helpers alike. The difference is that the professional helper has been trained to recognize and manage their triggers and know when they need to either step back/aside or take a break. Many people who desire to reach out and be part of the solution have their own unresolved trauma. They believe that by helping they will become healed. What frequently happens is that they quickly become overwhelmed and instead of being an instrument of healing, they bring more hurt and pain to themselves and those they are trying to set free.

"No one can ‘treat’ a war, or abuse, rape, molestation, or any other horrendous event, for that matter; what has happened cannot be undone. But what can be dealt with are the imprints of the trauma on body, mind, and soul: the crushing sensations in your chest that you label as anxiety or depression; the fear of losing control; always being on alert for danger or rejection; the self-loathing; the nightmares and flashbacks; the fog that keeps you from staying on task and from engaging fully in what you are doing; being unable to fully open your heart to another human being. Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going on inside ourselves.”–Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD, The Body Keeps the Score