What is Expressive Arts Therapy?
Expressive Arts uses imagination and the arts to heal, transform, and explore. Because the arts engage the whole self, together we are often able to access resources and perspectives that had previously been invisible. Expressive arts can be very effective for people for whom talk therapy has been unsuccessful, as well as for children and families. Clients often report that this way of working allows the thinking mind to “get out of the way” to allow something new to emerge.
Do I have to be an artist to benefit from Expressive Arts Therapy?
I work with kids, adults, and families with a wide range of artistic experience and ability. In fact, reclaiming one’s creativity is often a surprising and very healing side-effect of this work. Oftentimes the people who are most resistant to the arts benefit from it enormously.
What should I expect in an Expressive Arts Therapy session?
Usually we begin by talking together, before moving into the art studio. Once we are in the studio, we might use any art forms including paint, sculpture, movement / dance, sound, storytelling and poetry. Finally, we step out and reflect on that experience, drawing connections back to what the client came in with. It’s also possible that we may talk for the duration of the session, especially at the beginning of working together.
Do we talk in an expressive arts therapy session?
Yes we do. It’s important that we discuss the difficulty before we move into the arts. In some sessions, particularly in the early stages of working together, we may even talk for the duration of the session.
Are you covered by my extended health insurance plan?
It depends on your plan. The question to ask is whether or not they cover the services of a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor.
To keep sessions affordable and accessible, I offer my sessions on a sliding scale basis. For a limited time, I am also offering “pay-what-you-want” sessions for the first three sessions. Please contact me to confirm availability.
50 minute session: $60 – $140
90 minute session: $90 – $160
What if I have more questions?
Please feel free to contact me either by email or phone.