Art Therapy

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
— Thomas Merton

Art therapy combines creative, visual expression with psychotherapy to help people express and explore thoughts, feelings and experiences. It is based on the psychological and physiological benefits of creative expression, and the idea that reflecting on one’s artistic creations can facilitate creative problem-solving, promote insight, and offer a fresh perspective on problems. As an action-oriented therapy practice, it reinforces the client’s active role in meeting their goals. Art therapy is an effective treatment for individuals, groups, couples and families with a broad range of personal and interpersonal issues. It can be used with people of all ages, all intellectual levels, and all levels of artistic experience, so NO artistic talent is required.

Art therapists are clinicians with at least a master’s degree, who are knowledgeable about theories of human development, theories of counseling, psychopathology, professional ethics, andnart therapy techniques and application. In the US, American Art Therapy Association is the leading professional organization, and art therapists are credentialed by the Art Therapy Credentials Board, in addition to state level licensing, which varies by state.

What To Expect
Before we meet, I will invite you to create an account on Simple Practice, the teletherapy website, and a second account on my insurance biller’s website. This process includes consent forms, personal history questionnaire, insurance information, and images of your insurance card.

The first session is an opportunity for you to tell me about yourself, explain why you are seeking therapy, and ask me questions. The goals are for you to determine if working with me could meet your needs, for me to learn more about you, and for us to begin building rapport. We will also discuss options for doing art therapy via telehealth. I like to emphasize the importance of communicating any questions, concerns, or uncertainty, especially during the initial stage, because it will help us create a productive relationship. Therapy sessions typically begin with ‘check-in’ time, followed by an art task designed to help explore issues of concern. Sessions conclude with discussion of the final art product, your experience creating it, and how themes or issues in the art relate to your life. More involved projects might take several sessions to complete.