WHO IS ART THERAPY FOR?
Art therapy is for everyone! It does not require people have any experience in the arts. People often say, “I'm not creative” or “I'm not artistic” - the challenge and invitation in art therapy is to let go of the expectations we have of ourselves in these areas, to be open to exploring the art materials and using them as tools of expression. Art therapy is about the process, not about the product.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO ART THERAPY?
A willingness to explore, create, and let go of expectations. No experience in the arts is required to participate.
Art therapy can meet the needs of those in search of more than a typical therapy session. It is uniquely suited to engage with inner creativity as well as make room for the things words can not always express.
All materials are included in each session.
WHAT ART THERAPY IS ABOUT
The act of creating and assigning meaning to the art belongs solely to the creator of the art. An art therapist does not diagnose through the art, does not prescribe meaning to the art, and does not project their own feelings or experiences onto someone else's art. Art therapy, like other forms of mental health support, is a collaborative effort between therapist and client. The art therapist will offer support and guidance, will urge each client to dig deep, will ask questions to help them draw out meaning from their art, and give assistance in working with materials as needed. The most powerful meaning and change comes out of someone being able to glean meaning from the telling of their own story.
HOW FREQUENT SHOULD APPOINTMENTS BE?
Most clients find it useful when starting out in therapy to come more frequently, usually once a week or every other week, depending on individual needs. Over time, sessions usually decrease to once per month or as support is needed.
HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION LAST?
Generally, 60 minutes is the amount of time recommended for starting out. However, length of session may vary, depending on the client needs and setting. Longer sessions of 90 minutes are available for individuals who find that one hour is not enough time for them.
Group sessions and workshops usually last two or three hours. Feel free to take a look at the "Upcoming" page to see what workshops and groups are being hosted soon.
HOW DOES YOUR SLIDING SCALE WORK?
A sliding scale is generally a set range of prices for a service that allow people of varying incomes to access it.
The sliding scale at Newland Art Therapy is a range of 10% - 20% off each session. In order for this sliding scale to be sustained, there are a set number of spaces available at the low and mid range prices. Please feel welcome to reach out to discuss this further if you have more questions.