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Art Therapy FAQ
Questions About Full Circle Art Therapy Center
Is art therapy only suitable for artists or creative people?
Art therapy is suitable for anyone! No artistic skills or experience is required. All of our art therapists are trained to guide you through the creative process, help you become familiar with the materials, and to support you to express yourself through art.
Is art therapy good for kids/teens?
Art therapy is a very effective mode of therapy for children and teens. Children and teens may find it difficult to find the words to express complex emotions or events, or find it hard to share their experiences with others and especially adults and authority figures. Art therapy gives them the ability to express their experiences without words, organize and make sense of their emotions and experiences in an extremal form, and are able to control how others receive information more easily. Furthermore, children learn how to understand things through symbols and images before language develops.
Why do executives engage in art therapy?
Executives may engage in art therapy for a number of reasons, however the most common reason is to slow down and organize their thoughts, so they are better able to make mindful and thoughtful decisions. They may also chose to engage in art therapy for stress reduction and self-care, to increase their emotional self-awareness, which all support a clearer mindset to be more effective in their work.
Does art therapy work remote or only in person?
Art therapy sessions can occur online at home or in person. If you are engaging in online art therapy, you would have to purchase the art materials to use at home, where as in an in-person session the therapist has materials ready for you to use already. Additionally, if you live with others you will need to make sure you have a quiet and private place to do art therapy in your home and have a reliable internet connection.
How is art therapy different from talk therapy?
Art therapy differs from traditional talk therapy, because clients use art materials and activities to externalize thoughts and feelings which may be difficult to verbalize or cannot be expressed through words alone. Like psychotherapy you will also be able to speak about what comes up in the art with your art therapist.
What is the difference between art therapy & art classes?
Art therapy is very different from art classes. The goals of an art class often focus on building a specific skill set, learning how to use specific art materials, or focusing on the aesthetic and visual qualities of a finished product.
Art Therapy however focuses on the process of art making, the insights created and the ability of art making to elevate mood and create new insights. It is also guided by a professional art therapist within a therapeutic relationship.
What are some of the art therapy exercises we might do?
There are a variety of art therapy exercises or directives that an art therapist may incorporate in a session. The general therapeutic goals as well as the focus on the session will determine what the art therapist guides the client to explore through the art. Some themes art therapists will use in art exercises/themes with clients include: self-stabilization, mindfulness awareness, externalization, etc.
What is the difference between an art therapy group sessions vs 1-1
The difference between group and individual art therapy, is in individual art therapy the therapist will focus on your goals and tailoring the session to work with these with you. In comparison, a group session the focus is on the goals of the group and maintaining a safe space for all individuals to feel supported and heard through the therapeutic process.
Can I practice art therapy at home without a therapist?
Engaging in art making on your own is different from art therapy and is referred to as “therapeutic art making”. Although art making can feel therapeutic, this is still not considered therapy since the main objective isn’t to process these emotions or resolve mental health difficulties, nor is there a therapist present to help you process these emotions or issues if they arise.
Does art therapy work?
It depends on many factors like other forms of therapy, such as: the client’s commitment level, the therapeutic bond between the client and therapist, and how the client attends therapy. It is also important to define goals at the beginning of the treatment and check in points throughout going to therapy. These will help track progress, to see if anything needs to be adjusted in the treatment plan, and also to see if additional treatment or support is needed.
How can art therapy help me?
Art therapy has many potential therapeutic benefits. Some of the potential benefits may include: increased self awareness & communication skills, stress relief, developing healthy coping skills, improved self-esteem, among others.
What does art therapy treat?
Art therapy can be used for treating mental health or other life struggles as: self-harm & addiction, disordered eating, disassociation, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, BPD, PTSD, impacts of abuse & trauma, grief and loss, chronic pain, relational issues, conflict resolution, life transitions, and more.
What kind of art materials or equipment do I need for art therapy session?
In an art therapy session, a variety of art materials may be incorporated including: coloured pencils, markers, oil & soft pastels, collage, paints, fabric, clay etc.
Will I only make art during an art therapy session?
Art making is a major component of the therapeutic process, however you will not only create art during an art therapy session. It depends on each art therapist’s practice and what your mental health needs are. Art therapy sessions may also include: talking, writing, CBT, body work, mindfulness, etc.
How much is an art therapy session?
The cost of an art therapy session is determined by each individual therapist. Each one has their own fee, which is listed next to their profile here. However, on average, individual art therapy sessions are $120 plus HST.
Some of our art therapists offer a sliding scale, which is indicated in their profile. If you do require a sliding scale, please be sure to book a free 15 min consultation to inform your art therapist and you will both decide on a fee that is suitable for you.
How many art therapy session can I have access to?
You can have access to as many sessions as you like. There is no limit to the number of sessions you have access to. Each person has different needs, some benefit from short term therapy and some benefit with having long term support.
The number of sessions covered by your insurance may be limited, so this is something you will have to review before beginning treatment.
Is art therapy covered by insurance?
Art therapy is covered by insurance sometimes. It depends on what mental health service your insurance plan covers. However, most art therapists are also Registered Psychotherapists and most insurance companies do cover psychotherapy.
How can I become an art therapist at Full Circle?
To become an art therapist with full, you can rent space at our centre. Full Circle operates like a co-working space for other art therapists whose goals and practice align with our mission. If you are interested in renting a space in our centre you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Art Therapy
Art therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate. (Canadian Art Therapy Association 2020)
How do I choose an art therapist?
You can choose an art therapist by reviewing their profile and see if they feel like they can support your mental health needs. You can review their profiles to see, how long they have been practicing, what areas they specialize in, as well what other modalities they utilize in sessions such as: CBT, mindfulness, body work, etc. You can also schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation with them to ask any questions you may have before booking a session.