What is art therapy like? Do I need to be artistic? What kinds of materials will I use in a session? How will therapy help me? Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work? Is therapy confidential?
What is art therapy like? Though each session will vary based on the needs of the client, a typical session will begin with some introduction and sharing (perhaps about the week). Then there will be time for a creative process, often based on the issues that came up in the talking. Then, there will be time for sharing at the end of the session. Sometimes there is more time for art, sometimes less…depending on the needs of the client. Some clients will spend several sessions verbally processing one piece of art, while others prefer to stay in the art process with less talking. Each client finds their own rhythm in the process. Do I need to be artistic? No, art therapy is for everyone. The goal is expression, with the emphasis on the creative process rather than on technique or skill. There is no such thing as “good” or “bad” art in art therapy.
What kinds of materials will I use in a session? All art supplies you need will be provided. You are free to choose any art media you feel comfortable with - and the art therapist will provide guidance in selecting materials. A range of options is available including drawing materials such as pencils, markers and oil pastels, cut outs from magazines, tissue paper, paint and found objects.
How will therapy help me? A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management and body image issues. Many people also find that working with a therapist can be a tremendous asset in aiding personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Art therapy can help you discover your own solutions through your intuitive, creative process.
Do you accept insurance? How does it work? As a licensed clinical professional counselor and licensed clinical professional art therapist, my services are covered by most insurance carriers. I am currently only in network with BlueCross Plans. If you have a BlueCross plan you are only responsible for your copay. It is likely you will be able to receive reimbursement for out-of-network services with other companies. I can bill directly to these companies and you will be responsible for the difference between the session fee and the covered amount.
The first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. The following questions are helpful: Do I have mental health coverage? Do I have out-of-network benefits? What is my out-of-network reimbursement rate? How many sessions are covered per calendar year? Do I have to meet a deductible? Do I have to pre-certify my coverage before beginning therapy?
Is therapy confidential? In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:•Child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.•A client who poses a serious and realistic physical threat to another person.•A client who intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.