What to expect within a session
In sessions various techniques, therapeutic interventions, and art-media will be utilized. All materials will be provided.
These include, but are by no means limited to:
- Dry media such as colouring pencils and charcoal
- Water play and narrative work
- Digital media
- Play and sensorimotor engagement
- Visual journaling with techniques such as blackout poetry
- Dream work and intuitive image making
What happens to the artwork created in sessions?
The artwork created during each session is an integral part of the therapeutic process. I will keep confidential records of the artwork created and will store it safely throughout the treatment process.
- The ownership of artwork created remains with the client, and is strictly confidential. Art expressions should be kept within the therapeutic relationship and parent's are encouraged not to share images of the artworks created by their children.
- Usually, when treatment ends, all artwork is returned to the client. Artworks can be returned to the client throughout treatment too on a case by case basis.
Ethics and principles of professional practice
All treatments are governed by established art psychotherapy principals, boundaries and setting, as stipulated by the Australian, New Zealand & Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA), the Art Therapist's Association Singapore (ATAS), The British Art Therapists Association (BAAT) and The American Art Therapists Association (AATA).
I am a professional member, and registered with ANZACATA (Membership no. 53507848) and ATAS.
All sessions are strictly confidential. Confidentiality within sessions is strictly goverened by the guildelines as stipulated by the Australian, New Zealand & Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA), the Art Therapist's Association Singapore (ATAS), The British Art Therapists Association (BAAT) and The American Art Therapists Association (AATA).
Is previous art experience needed ?
No! Anyone, with any level of art expertise, can benefit from the art therapy process.
A common misconception is that art therapy requires making images which the art therapist then interprets. This is not the case. The process is organic, and the therapist helps the client to reflect on and identify personal emotional issues, which may be confusing or distressing. The therapist may offer an art directive, or the client may prefer to explore the art media organically.
Sometimes no artwork is created, and the sessions are a kinaesthetic and sensory exploration of art media, enabling a deeper body mind connection to aid in healing and processing.
Is it safe?
Art therapists are well trained, accredited, professional mental health practitioners who have undergone extensive training at Master's level or above and have previous clinical experience. When facilitated by a professional and trained art therapist, art therapy can help support both personal and relational treatment goals.
It is particularly effective for people who have difficulty expressing themselves verbally, or who have experienced significant trauma.
I strive to provide a safe, held and contained environment, which enables growth and exploration, whilst maintaining ethical boundaries.
Do I need a referral?
No you do not need a referral. You may contact me directly.
Art therapist's often work in collaboration with an extended treatment team, for example a psychiatrist or a Doctor (general practitioner). Art therapists can also refer clients to other medical or mental health practitioners in the event they believe further treatment is necessary.
We do not work with insurance companies. However, we can provide a letter and invoices should you wish to independently claim from your insurer. It is adviseable to get pre-approval from your insurer if needed before starting treatment.
Bookings and Payment
Weekly therapy vacancies are offered at agreed days and times. A weekly therapy session is 60 minutes.
Fees for your chosen vacancy will be discussed and agreed at the initial free twenty minute consultation, after which a confirmation e-mail will be sent along with a copy our terms and conditions.
We offer single appointments, or a discounted package of ten sessions. Payment can be made in advance, or on the day.
We accept PayNow, bank transfers or cash.
When we offer and you accept a vacancy, this means that the sessions and time(s) are kept for you only and are not made available for anyone else - as such they are chargeable if missed.
You need to inform me at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel, whereupon we will make best efforts to reschedule.
Termination of treatment policy
As vacancies are kept for you only, once you have commenced your vacancy, I require two weeks advance notice if you unilaterally decide to terminate your treatment. The sessions during the notice period are kept for you and will be charged - you may therefore continue to use them.