Good question! An expressive therapist should be familiar in a range of modalities to fit various needs. This variety exists even within a given specialty: in art therapy, for example, various materials and techniques contain inherent properties and elicit distinct reactions. After getting to know a client, a therapist may be able to suggest an appropriate modality. Likewise, after getting to know their own process, clients usually select their own way of working.
Experience in one medium is not necessarily an advantage, since one is sometimes more resistant to trying new ways of using a known medium. On the other hand, being familiar to one's creative process usually allows for a richer experience.
"All roads lead to Rome" seems like an appropriate proverb for this question. Although some paths may be harder than others, they all involves the facilitation of the creative process, which is essentially a natural phenomenon.
Martin Perdoux, MAAT, ATR
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