Before scheduling your initial appointment, contact me to set up a free 15-minute phone consult to briefly discuss your needs, allow me to answer any questions you may have, and to see if I am a good fit for you.
Our first appointment is really a chance for me to get to know you and for us to determine your goals for treatment. I will likely be reviewing background information, such as current symptoms and concerns, mental health and treatment history, and any other relevant information. This session will probably feel more like an interview than therapy, but it's helpful for me to know where you're coming from!
Our follow up sessions will be a space for us to work on your treatment goals. Depending on your needs and preferences, sessions may be solely talk therapy or a combination with art therapy. You get to be in the driver's seat to determine what we focus on each session.
Each session will be a space for us to explore your thoughts, emotions, and any challenges you may be having. This could mean talking about a recent stressor at work or addressing concerns in a relationship. It's a space for us to explore what's working and what's not working for you, and come up with new ways of addressing difficulties. Depending on your needs and preferences, sessions may be solely talk therapy or a combination with Art Therapy.
No! There is never any pressure to engage in art-making, and you get to determine if that is a part of your treatment.
Traditional talk therapy relies solely on verbal processing to explore your concerns, while Art Therapy incorporates both verbal and visual means of communication and processing.
Art Therapy can be effective for individuals of all ages (Art Therapy isn't just for kids!). It has been effectively used to treat a wide range of mental and emotional concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, grief and loss, identity development, self-esteem, body image, OCD, developmental disorders, relationship concerns, anger issues, and substance abuse.
No! You do not have to have any artistic skill or experience in order to benefit from Art Therapy. The emphasis is on the process of art-making, the experience of engaging with art materials, and self-expression, not on the product.
Both in-person and telehealth options are available for sessions.
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