Frequently asked questions
Why choose Art Psychotherapy?
Art Psychotherapy is one form of therapy among many others. If you think you may benefit from a therapy service then it is important to find a mode of therapy and a therapist that suits you and your particular needs. If you would like to explore whether Art Psychotherapy is right for you, please get in touch to discuss or arrange an initial meeting.
Is there a difference between Art Therapy and Art Psychotherapy?
Sometimes the term ‘Art Psychotherapy’ is shortened to ‘Art Therapy’. These terms are generally considered interchangeable. However, some people also use the term Art Therapy to describe art activities that may be relaxing but are not offered within the context of therapy by a qualified therapist. Using art to help you relax is not the same as Art Therapy or Art Psychotherapy, in which the psychotherapeutic relationship between therapist and client plays a central role, alongside the creation of artwork.
What to expect during an Art Psychotherapy session
Each individual Art Psychotherapy session usually lasts up to one hour, once a week, preferably on the same day and time each week, for an agreed number of weeks. Group sessions can sometimes be longer. These arrangements will be agreed during an initial meeting before your Art Psychotherapy commences. The initial meeting is an opportunity to explore what brings you to therapy and whether Art Psychotherapy is an appropriate treatment option for you. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you may have.
How do I arrange an appointment?
Please email me at email@example.com or using the contact link below. You can also call me on 07724090802. If I am not available, please leave a voicemail message with your name and number if you would like me to return your call. If I am away, there may be a delay to my response by email or phone, however I will aim to respond as soon as possible.
How many sessions will I need?
At the early stages of Art Psychotherapy it is not always easy to determine how many sessions will be right for you. There are many factors to consider, such as your reasons for accessing therapy and the cost of sessions. For some people, short-term therapy can work well and an agreed number of sessions with a set ending is appropriate. For others, a more flexible approach is required because entering into the therapeutic relationship may bring up thoughts and feelings from the past, or about other relationships, that were not anticipated. In this case, it is often helpful to take the time to understand these experiences better, in order to move forward in life. The therapist will discuss sessions with you, so that you can come to an agreement on what seems right for you.
How much does it cost?
My fee is £50 per session. Each session lasts for one hour. The initial meeting, or consultation, when we discuss your needs and whether Art Psychotherapy is right for you, is offered at £20 and typically lasts between 30-60 minutes. Art Psychotherapy and Outdoor and Nature Based Art Psychotherapy are charged at the same rate. I offer a few spaces at a reduced rate to people who are on very low incomes or on benefits. Please discuss fees with me if you think this might apply to you.
You will be charged for all agreed/planned sessions whether you attend or not, unless you have given over 24 hours notice of your cancellation. If at all possible, I will try to offer an alternative appointment in the same week when cancellations occur, though I do not carry sessions over to the following week.
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