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At TruHealing Baltimore, we offer several mental health therapies to support individuals working on their recovery from substance use disorder. One of these therapeutic options is expressive therapy.


When individuals come to our facility, our clinical team works alongside the client to design a treatment plan to meet their specific needs. Guided by our therapists, individuals and groups will get the opportunity to explore themselves by exploring the creative arts. Expressive therapy helps individuals tap into and examine their addiction in a way that is not just verbal or discursive. When used with other more traditional therapies, expressive therapy helps individuals engage with creative arts in a manner designed to reach their recovery goals.

How to Get the Most Out of Expressive Therapy

Man in scarf smiling at cameraPart of making a successful recovery means learning healthy coping mechanisms. One of the best ways to discover what kind of coping mechanisms work best for an individual is by fostering creativity. Expressive therapy is designed to give individuals the freedom to explore their creativity. However, to do so, it’s important to keep the following in mind:


  • Honesty: Using art means being unafraid of expressing yourself. To do so means individuals need to be honest with how they feel and what they think. In therapy, clients are in a nonjudgmental zone to reflect and share without fear of being negatively criticized for their work.
  • Freedom: In this type of therapy, individuals need to confront their inhibitions. Doing so can be a challenge, but, again, being in a safe therapeutic environment means clients can freely follow their whims and instincts to learn how best to express themselves.
  • Acceptance: It’s far too easy for many people to overthink the art they are attempting to do in expressive therapy. Having complete freedom can be intimidating. It’s important not to let yourself become overwhelmed or feel there’s some specific end goal or judgment to be made.

Types of Expressive Therapy

Although talk therapy like cognitive behavioral therapy is a primary treatment for mental health issues and substance use disorder, other forms of therapy can be very effective depending on the individual’s needs. Expressive therapy is especially useful for discovering, confronting, and expressing ideas, feelings, and beliefs an individual is unaware of or doesn’t have the language or skill to recognize in themselves.


Expressive therapies can come in several forms. For example, depending on what might work best for a particular client, individuals may participate in:


  • Art therapy: In this form, clients create media or images (like photography, painting, drawing, or collage) to process and reflect upon their development, abilities, personality, interests, concerns, and conflicts.
  • Music therapy: Learning to play instruments is one aspect of music therapy, but listening to music, learning to mix or record music, and singing. This type of expressive therapy attempts to create positive changes in individuals’ psychological, emotional, or social understanding.
  • Drama therapy: Theatre and drama offer therapeutic relief of symptoms related to a substance use disorder. This approach helps individuals tell their story but alter it to achieve resolution or explore others’ points of view.
  • Dance/movement therapy: The mind and body are more connected than many people realize. In this form of expressive therapy, individuals learn how to process their emotional, cognitive, and physical needs by moving their body.
  • Poetry therapy: This kind of therapy uses the writing, reading, and analysis of poetry and literature (fiction, nonfiction) to express and explore an individual’s understanding of the world.

Explore What TruHealing Baltimore Has to Offer

Expressive therapy is just one of the therapeutic options we offer at TruHealing in Baltimore, Maryland. Individuals can take advantage of other therapies, such as:


These and other therapies are available across all our treatment programs. Reach out to us today at 833.782.2241 to learn more.

Why TruHealing Baltimore?

TruHealing Baltimore is your partner for recovery. We are ready to give you or your loved one everything they need for recovery that stands the test of time. The only requirement is a little hope and enough willingness to try. The sober, happy and peaceful life you’re imagining is much closer than you imagine. Give us a call (833) 782-2241 and we can start moving in the right direction. 

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Kathy Michelle Hill

Clinical Director

I am a National Certified Counselor with expertise in addiction and criminal justice. I am a member of PSI CHI Honor Society and the Psychology Honor Society.  I have also been recognized by a “Who’s Who Among Students” award.  
My goal for this position is to formulate strategies that will improve the clinical team’s performance, for both clinical and client success. It is rewarding to me to support clients through role modeling, positive motivation, and determination. 

My goal for this position is to formulate strategies that will improve the clinical team’s performance, for both clinical and client success. It is rewarding to me to support clients through role modeling, positive motivation, and determination. 

I am a helper by nature. My most pleasurable moments in life are helping others who have experienced adversity and who are seeking guidance to improve their lives.  

Kathy Michelle Hill, LCPC, NCC, CSC-AD, is the Clinical Director at TruHealing Baltimore. Hill received a BS in psychology from Tuskegee University in 1993, a MS degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore in 2006, and a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2020. Hill is currently a PhD student in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is expected to graduate in 2026.  

Stacy Decker
Director of Operations

I joined the team at TruHealing Hagerstown in 2020. Before starting my current position, I worked as an administrator in outpatient surgical care, and then joined an ambulatory surgery center development company as Regional Director.  I enjoy using my medical background and business knowledge—in conjunction with my personal experiences in recovery—to encourage and support clients seeking treatment.

Abstinence and recovery are an integral part of my life. Being able to help other people who are suffering with a substance use disorder has been a blessing. TruHealing Hagerstown is the only inpatient facility in our community to help people suffering with substance use disorders. It’s incredibly rewarding to give back to my community.

Staci Decker is the Director of Operations at TruHealing Baltimore. 


As we continue to grow Amatus Health, the need to stay competitive and differentiate ourselves in unique ways is crucial. Building creative approaches to reach more people will take our company to new heights. This is why I am pleased to announce that we are officially rebranding. Our new national name, TruHealing Addiction & Mental Health Treatment, will eventually replace Amatus Recovery Centers.

You may be asking, “Why are we doing this?” This new name will give us national uniformity and help brand ourselves as a whole, which will be done in phases. You will still see our existing facility names co-branded with TruHealing for the time being.

Healing is what we do. Everyone who comes through our doors is in a moment of profound struggle in their lives. We support them through a life-changing process of healing and recovery, and they leave our facilities changed. This new name is a representation of that process. As mentioned above, it also allows us to have a national brand, which will make us a recognizable name in the addiction and mental health field.

In summation, these changes present an excellent opportunity for our organization to develop our mission, vision, and purpose. I look forward to prosperous growth as we head in a new and positive direction.


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Mark Gold
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