What Is Expressive Art Therapy?

“Expressive art therapy integrates all of the arts in a safe, non-judgmental setting … to facilitate personal growth and healing. To use the arts expressively means going into our inner realms to discover feelings and to express them through visual art, movement, sound, writing or drama. This process fosters release, self-understanding, insight and awakens creativity and transpersonal states of consciousness.”

Excerpt from:The Creative Connection: Expressive Arts as Healing, by Natalie Rogers Science & Behavior Books Palo Alto, Ca

Person-Centered Expressive Arts

Person-centered expressive arts therapy uses art, writing, movement, clay, improvisation and environment sound in a safe, supportive and playful to facilitate growth and healing. This approach touches and releases the creative spirit in each of us and promotes the practice of personal transformation through creative expression.

Person-Centered Approach

The person-centered philosophy that we teach and practice was developed byCarl Rogers. It is based on trust in each human being’s capacity for self-understanding, self-direction, and the inherent impulse toward growth in every individual.

Now you can get training in Tokyo. Program is offered in Japanese at the moment and you get translation.

Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy Training Program
is now offered in Japan through Expressive Arts Therapy Institute in Tokyo.
The training program consists of 6 courses. All the courses are offered mainly in weekends plus some residential seminars. You will get a certificate of completing 400 hours training.

1, Self-exploration through person-centered expressive arts therapy

2, Communication and counseling in person-centered approach

3, Body wisdom

4, Creative self in community

5, Intern Practicum

6, Intern Practicum


Kyoko Ono
Registered Expressive Arts Therapist(R098)
Licensed Clinical Psychologist(03890)

She has been giving workshops over 20 years. She has been working in the clinical field(general hospital, mental clinics), in the school settings and industrial settings. Also she has been teaching psychology and counseling, expressive arts therapy at various universities. Now she teaches expressive arts therapy at the graduate level at Kanagawa University. She published two books(“Expressive Therapy for beginners” and Expressive Arts therapy for healing and personal growth”) She translated two books of Natalie Rogers and Shaun McNiff.
She is also the director of NPO Artwork Japan which promotes effective learning using expressive arts.


Private sessions(in English) is also offered by Kyoko Ono

Please contact Expressive Arts Therapy Institute
(Hyogen-art Therapy Instituete)
2-7-6 kamisaginomiya Nakano-ku Tokyo 165-0031,Japan
03-5971-2703(tel) 03-5971-2702(fax)

e-mail: exa@hyogen-art.com