A: Excellent question! It’s one I hear a lot. Simply put- art therapy is a tool by which you and I can explore your various emotions, experiences and thoughts through creative means. Some common art activities utilized in my practice are drawing, collaging, painting, and crafting. Art therapy also provides an excellent way to promote relaxation if someone becomes anxious or overwhelmed during session, and it’s also a way to uncover unconscious emotions and experiences.
*Disclaimer: I’m not an art teacher, I don’t provide critiques of the art my clients create in treatment based on how “good” or “bad” it looks (that doesn’t sound “therapeutic” at all, would you agree?) I engage clients in art therapy simply as an option for further expression and insight. While I would hope all of my clients are open to engaging in art therapy, I understand art is not for everyone. I work according to where you’re at and what your needs are. If you don’t wish to use art in your sessions, I will respect your wishes.
A: That’s normal! It can be pretty scary to reach out for help, and even scarier to open up to someone new. I would venture to guess that if you’re reading this, you’re at least curious about therapy, which is also a great place to be in. I invite you to reach out to me and schedule a time to talk. I offer prospective clients a free 15 minute phone call in order to see if I would be a good fit for your needs. By then, you can decide if you would like to move forward with meeting me for an initial intake session.
A: Nope, just bring yourself and an open heart!
A: Great question! In my experience, utilizing insurance can really limit my therapeutic work with clients, as insurance companies will dictate the length of treatment, which diagnoses are reimbursable, the type of treatment that can be provided (for example- telling me that I can only provide family therapy when individual therapy sessions are warranted), and which in-network provider can provide services. Insurance companies also engage in randomly scheduled audits of client files to ensure that policies/procedures are being followed. While not every portion of a client’s file is given over to an auditor (there are things a prudent therapist can do to ensure the protection of sensitive client information), there are some portions of the client’s file that must be shared with the insurance company in order to remain in compliance with the law. Not everyone feels okay with this. In addition, there is a chance a client may switch insurance providers or may experience a lapse in coverage while in therapy, which can impact their ability to participate in continued therapy sessions. When a client opts to pay out of pocket for their treatment, these factors are eliminated.
A: The initial intake session will last for 50 minutes. This session is an important first step in our therapeutic work together. During this session, I’m going to spend time gathering information about you to help me understand your reason(s) for seeking therapy, information on your background, and your goals for treatment. Also, I will answer any questions you may have.
A: Yes! Art therapy works well for people of all ages, not just children. There are many research studies out there to prove this point.
A: Each session is 50 minutes in length, and the duration of your time in treatment depends on your needs and personal goals. Some clients find that they meet their treatment goals in just 4 sessions, some may stay in treatment for 1 year or more. We will work together to determine what is right for you.
A: While traditional therapy may suggest weekly sessions are the norm, this isn’t the case for every client. During the initial phase of treatment (so, the first couple of months typically), I highly encourage clients to maintain weekly sessions. This helps us to establish a firm foundation and a solid rapport, and helps with the progression of treatment. I focus on what your needs are though, and some simply prefer a different frequency of sessions. We can discuss your scheduling needs during the initial intake session.