How long do therapy sessions usually last?

Each session is about 55 minutes long. The actual duration of the therapeutic process will vary greatly from person to person. Someone may enter therapy due to a recent life transition such as a move or loss of job; once that situation is more stabilized, therapy usually ends. Someone with a chronic mood disorder or trauma affecting all areas of their life may require more intensive long-term therapy.

How frequently do I need to attend therapy?

Typically one time per week is a good starting point; however, factors such as work schedules, finances, and individual goals may vary which may affect how often therapy sessions occur.

What is art therapy?

Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques.

Source: American Art Therapy Association’s website www.arttherapy.org

Do I need to be experienced in art to participate in art therapy?

No previous art experience is required to participate in art therapy, just a willingness to be open. Since art therapists use a variety of materials, they work with the client to determine what materials would be appropriate to use in session and within the client’s comfort level.