What to expect when you start art therapy
Where will I meet the art therapist?
- You will meet in a private room where you won’t be interrupted, such as an art room or a meeting room.
- Alternatively, you may meet your art therapist in an online meeting room, using software like Zoom.
Who will be there?
- Depending on your needs, you will either join group therapy or individual therapy.
- In group therapy, you will be with the art therapist and a small group of participants.
- In individual therapy, it will just be you and the art therapist.
Do I have to be good at art?
- No, you do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in art.
- Art therapy is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable.
What will we do in an art therapy session?
- You will make art and talk (which may be done at the same time) or you can make art in silence if that’s your preference.
- When making art, you can choose materials that best suit you e.g., paint, pastel or clay, or you might make a collage.
- The art therapist may sit quietly and pay attention whilst you make art or they may make art alongside you, depending on your needs during each session.
- You and the art therapist will talk and think together to make sense of the thoughts, feelings and experiences that come up during your art-making or when you look at your artwork.
I really feel that it has given me a lot more tools to deal with the things I need to deal with.Service user, Creative Therapies Service, Exeter