What will happen in the initial session?
Often the first session can be a conversation – a chance to get to know you and what aspects of art therapy you might find helpful. The role of the therapist is to discover with you, a way into using the art materials. Sometimes beginning with a theme or an idea is helpful – on other occasions starting with the art materials and then talking about the meaning for you of what has been created.
A wide range of art materials are available – These include pencils, clay, paints, magazines for collage, pastels, charcoal, acrylics, oil pastels and watercolours.
Do I need to be good at art?
A willingness to use art materials is all that is required. Art therapy is suitable both for those who have many years of art making experience and those for whom art is new.
What training do art therapists have?
Art Therapy is a two year post graduate training course. The profession is regulated by the Health Profession Council.