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. It also provides an excellent way to promote relaxation and the uncovering of unconscious therapeutic material. Some common art activities utilized in my practice are drawing, collaging, painting, and crafting.
*Disclaimer: I’m not an art teacher, I don’t provide critiques of the art my clients create in treatment based on how “good” it looks. I provide art materials to 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. If you determine that I am not the therapist for you, I will help you by providing referrals to other providers.
A: No, just bring yourself and an open heart.
A: The first session will last for 90 minutes. During this time, I’m going to spend time gathering information about you to help me understand your reasons for seeking therapy, background, and your goals for treatment. I will also gather your signatures on some important documents. This entire process is typically called an “intake,” and is an important part of the treatment planning process.
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.