The art therapist and the client meet for the initial session to discuss needs and agree on a treatment plan.
This involves committing to a series of sessions.
The therapist offers a safe and confidential environment and supports the client in exploring their work.
Each session lasts for up to one hour.
Clients are encouraged to explore a variety of materials and engage in the art making process. Following the art making the client is encouraged to reflect on the process. It is through the process of creating and reflecting that the client gains awareness/new insights and develops his/her coping skills.
Art, being a sensory experience, helps individuals become aware of sensations, emotions and relationships. It allows pre-verbal and unconscious material related to existential traumas to be brought into consciousness and processed.