Expressive and play therapies allow both children and adults to get in touch with themselves and their challenges in a unique, less directive way. Through art and play, people are able to expand their communication by expressing themselves abstractly and through metaphor. Emphasis is on the process, rather than the end result. For many, this is less intimidating than traditional talk therapy and allows individuals to access parts of themselves that would not be expressed through conversation. People are able to externalize concerns, relational conflict, emotions and behaviors through symbolism which reduces shame and guilt. Expressive therapies also allow people to access their creative self, often leading people to insight that sparks change.