FAQ and resources for art therapy and counseling
What is art therapy?
"What is art therapy?" is one of the most common questions I get as an art therapist and understandably so because it is not a traditional style of therapy, but it is a highly effective way to help people heal, integrate and process their emotions and feelings. Here is a short list of how art therapy can help.
1. Art is inherently therapeutic. This means that just the act alone of art-making, or some form of expression usually helps us feel calm, relaxed, and inspired. Art-making also helps with self-awareness, self-esteem and establishing skills to be proud of.
2. Art-making helps to see the situation in a new way. Sometimes the solution to the things that are causing us distress can be difficult to understand. Art-making can be a way to see the same situation, but outside of ourselves through the use of metaphors and symbols. This helps the mind find solutions through non-verbal and non-literal forms.
3. Sometimes words can't describe what we are feeling. We have a limited vocabulary of words to convey the human experience and the feelings we all possess. This can prevent us from understanding, or describing what is going on in our internal world. Art can be the bridge between emotions and our relationship to them.
Frequent Asked Questions
Do I have to be an artist to do art therapy? No. You do not need to have any artistic skills to participate in art therapy. It focuses on the process of making art rather than the end product.
Can I do art therapy online? Yes. You can do art therapy online as long as you find an art therapist who resides in the same state. I can only see Colorado residents for the art therapy and counseling services I offer. I do offer online packages for people who want to learn more about art therapy and anyone can participate in the packages.
Can I do art therapy in person? Yes. At this time the only service I offer in person is art therapy sessions. During consultation we can discuss which option is best for you.
Do you accept insurance? No. I do not accept insurance at this time.
Do I need to do anything for the first session? Yes. You will need to sign an informed consent document and disclosure statement which will both be sent to you after scheduling your first session. If you are preparing for your first art therapy session I may ask you to gather some basic art supplies and a list will be sent with the other documents.
When are you available for sessions? I am available Tuesdays-Saturdays from 9am-5pm.
If there is immediate threat to you or others, or If you are experiencing a mental health emergency call 911
www.mhpcolorado.org - Mental Health Center of Boulder County
www.trucare.org - Hospice Boulder/TRU Community Care
www.bcap.org - Boulder County Aids Project
www.outboulder.org - OUT Boulder
www.mhpcolorado.org/Services/Detoxification.aspx - Detoxification Program and Residential Treatment Options
www.bouldercountysafehouse.org - Support for domestic violence victims/survivors
www.movingtoendsexualassault.org - Support for sexual assault
Colorado Crisis Services (24 Hour crisis line): 1-844-493-TALK(8255)
24 Hour Walk in Center: 3180 Airport Road, Boulder
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Safe2Tell 877-542-SAFE (7233)