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Process, Benefits, and Risks of Art Psychotherapy

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Process, Benefits, and Risks of Art Psychotherapy


Participating in Art Therapy can provide a number of benefits to you. These benefits include the possibility of reducing or eliminating psychological symptoms, improving interpersonal relationships, as well as resolving the specific concerns that led you to seek therapy. Benefits may also include increased: comfort in therapy; increased capacity for intimacy; decreased negative ideation; decreased self- defeating behaviours; and improved mindfulness. Working toward these benefits requires effort on your part. Art Psychotherapy is most beneficial with your active involvement, honesty and openness in order to make positive changes in your life. Much of the value of therapy comes from applying the skills, ideas, tasks, and suggestions discussed during the sessions in your every day life outside of therapy. Your feedback and views on your therapy is key to the process.

During the therapeutic process, discomfort may be experienced by remembering or talking about unpleasant events, feelings or thoughts. These discussions may evoke strong feelings of anger, sadness, worry, or fear. You may experience an increase in symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, or insomnia. I may challenge some of your assumptions and perceptions or propose different ways of viewing, thinking about, or handling situations. These challenges may evoke feelings of anger, upset, hurt, disappointment or resentment, all of which are appropriate feelings to discuss within our therapeutic relationship.

Attempting to resolve the issues that prompted you to seek therapy may result in changes that were not originally intended. Art Psychotherapy may be a catalyst for your making new decisions about changing behaviors, employment, schooling, housing, or relationships. Sometimes a decision that is positive for one family member may be viewed negatively by another family member. During the course of Art Psychotherapy, things may feel like they are getting worse before they get better. Change can be easy and swift, but more often it will be slow and challenging before the relief is felt.

I consult regularly with other health professionals regarding my clients in order to increase the effectiveness of the services I provide. I do not use first or last names or other identifying information during these consultations in order to assure that full confidentiality is maintained. (SUPERVISION)

If at any point during our work together either one of us decides that I am not effective in helping you reach your therapeutic goals, treatment can be terminated. In the event of termination, I would be happy to provide you with referrals to other therapists should you wish to continue treatment. With your written consent, I will provide him/her with the information needed for proper assessment and evaluation.