The Frequently Asked Questions below cover many of the questions clients ask me before starting therapy. If you have additional questions, please send us a message.
Don’t I need to be creative or good at art to benefit from Art Therapy?
You do not have to have any art experience whatsoever! You don’t even have to consider yourself creative. It’s not about creating “beautiful” art. Art Therapy is about personal expression, self exploration, and discovery. Traditional talk therapy is similar and the goals of treatment in Art Therapy are often the same, but the experience is collaborative, hands-on, and invites you to engage your senses in order to allow deeper connection and communication on a nonverbal level. Art Therapists are trained in both verbal and nonverbal techniques and can help you discover your own innate creativity even if it is not of an artistic nature.
How is Art Therapy similar and different from traditional therapy/counseling?
Art Therapy is a Master’s level profession used in mental, behavioral, and allied health. Much like traditional counseling and psychotherapy, Art Therapy aims to assist you in meeting your goals aw well as healing the past. Art-making and other creative activities allow you to put your thoughts and emotions into a physical and expressive form to aid in seeing blocks and visions from different perspectives which support deeper understanding, integration, and wholeness.
Do you take insurance?
If you have mental health insurance benefits you may be eligible to submit a claim for reimbursement of out-of-network services but all payment is due before or at the time of service. We require a credit card to be stored on file and charge ahead of time to allow your full session to be focused on your treatment goals.
You pay in full at time of service and upon your request can be provided with a special statement —referred to as a superbill or CMS-1500 form— for you to submit for reimbursement to your insurance provider. I make no guarantees about the level of reimbursement you will receive from your insurance company.
I suggest you contact your insurance company, either online or via the member services number located on the back of your insurance card, to ask questions about out of network coverage as they pertain to your plan so that you can make an informed decision before beginning therapy.
Please note while insurance may reimburse for psychotherapy sessions conducted in my office, sessions via phone/video conferencing will likely not be eligible for reimbursement. You can however likely use these toward any Health or Flexible Savings account you may have.
What do you charge?
Each provider has a different hourly rate according to experience, speciality, and training. We offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to assist you in determining the best fit for you or a loved one. We also offer a sliding scale for those experiencing financial hardship upon request.
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with therapy. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. We offer office, video, phone, and outdoor sessions. Please call to find out which if best for you.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.