Frequently asked questions

How does Arts Therapy work?

Arts Therapy is a technique rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being. It’s about encouraging clients to focus on their inner experience. Awareness of felt sense and bodily sensations are encouraged. I offer arts-based therapy interventions that are tailored to your need or sessions can evolve by following the direction you move in. Ultimately, it is my goal to facilitate opportunity for you to gain personal insight, self-awareness, and new coping strategies that promote an improved level of functioning and quality of life.

Do I have to be good at art to do Arts Therapy? 

No artistic experience or ‘talent’ is needed. All you need is a willingness to experiment, explore and be curious about yourself. There are no rules for how to create in arts therapy, and anyone can enjoy the benefits of the creative process and adding a creative lens to their life.

If I bring my child or teen to Arts Therapy, how does confidentiality work?

As a therapist, I am there first and foremost for the client. What your child shares with me will stay in the therapeutic room as it helps build a sense of trust for the child/young person. That being said, I strongly value the relationship between you and your child. If your child is in danger in any way, I will share this immediately. Your child’s safety is paramount.


Who benefits from Arts Therapy? 

Arts Therapy works with peoples of all ages and gender. Arts Therapy is also beneficial for anyone who is tentative about the idea of going to therapy or nervous about sharing their experiences.  Playfulness and curiosity are integral to the Arts Therapy experience, making it a non-threatening and gentle addition or alternative to the talk therapies. Arts Therapy is often a great fit for children and adolescents who are naturally creative and playful. I have found people who relate to metaphor especially find Arts Therapy useful.

Will the Arts Therapist “interpret” my artwork?

Art Therapists can use a variety of approaches, just as counsellors or psychotherapists may utilise different approaches. In a humanistic approach to Arts Therapy, the focus will be on the personal meaning you find within your own work, rather than an arbitrary meaning imposed by the therapist. I consider that you are the expert of your own artwork and creative process. My role is to facilitate curiosity and the exploration of your work rather than to analyse or interpret it.

Am I able to access funding for Arts Therapy?

You may qualify for the Disability Allowance through Work and Income (WINZ) to contribute to therapy costs. 

For clients aged between 5-24 years, I am Hope can also help support your first two sessions. Visit their website to find out more.

You may also be able to access counselling funding through your GP (TPC)

ACC may also be able to provide funding through sensitive claims.

If you want to explore the above options further contact me to have a chat about them

What makes Art Therapy different from art classes?

Arts Therapy is a form of Psychotherapy that focuses on building a therapeutic relationship and trust with clients. The client and therapist use art materials as a way to approach self-understanding. An art class is more for creating recreational learning experiences designed to help participants acquire new skills to produce an art piece.

How many sessions will a client need to attend?

The number of sessions is determined by the client’s needs, but most clients attend between 6-12 sessions. This is something that is constantly being reassessed together. Some people just want a few sessions and others prefer regular appointments.

Do I get to keep the artwork that I make in Arts therapy? Will the Arts Therapist show it to anyone else?

Your artwork is your creation and always belongs to you. Some people choose to keep the finished artwork, while others may decide to leave it in my care. I will not show your artwork to anyone without your permission. The code of ethics followed by Art Therapists specifies that an Art Therapist must safeguard a client’s art creations the same way he/she would protect any other privileged information.

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