FAQs

What is art therapy?

Do I have to be artistic or creative?

What happens in the first session?

I’m not a cancer survivor. Can I still benefit from art therapy?

How many sessions will I need?

When should I start to see results?

How long are the sessions?

What is the cost of a therapy session?

Do you offer reduced or sliding scale fees?

Confidentiality

What happens if I have to cancel or reschedule an appointment?

Can I claim sessions on Medicare or through Private Health Fund insurance?

What are your qualifications and training?

 

What is art therapy?

Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of art making as a safe way to explore thoughts, feelings and concerns.  All kinds of art media can be used including pastels, paint, clay, collage materials. You do not need any special talent or skills to benefit from art therapy.

For people on the cancer journey, and those that care for them, there are many experiences which can be difficult to put into words. Art therapy enables you to talk about what’s challenging, as well as give voice to your hopes and dreams. It helps you increase self-awareness, relieve stress, enhance communication skills and enjoy the life-affirming pleasure of creative self-expression.

back to top

Do I have to be artistic or creative?

Absolutely not! There is no right or wrong way to make art. In art therapy the emphasis is on the art making process, rather than the end product. Art therapists work with people of all ages and backgrounds. Many of my clients come to art therapy not having touched art materials since they were at school. Yet with time and encouragement, they also can experience the satisfaction of using creative processes to explore their life.

back to top

What happens in the first session?

Prior to your first session you will fill out some general information about yourself and bring that along with you. You will read about My Approach and think about your goals for therapy.

In the first session you may feel a bit awkward or nervous– that’s normal! This is an opportunity for you to get to know me and to see if I’m the right fit for you. It’s also a time for me to get to know you. You may share a little of your history and the reasons for your seeking support at this time. There will also be an invitation to explore the art materials and a simple creative process.

back to top

I’m not a cancer survivor. Can I still benefit from art therapy?

Anyone can benefit from opportunities to express themselves through the creative process. Regardless of your situation, art therapy can help you:

  • clarify issues and find a way forward
  • increase self-awareness and strengthen your capacity to cope
  • express thoughts and feelings so that you can build connectedness with others
  • alleviate stress and anxiety through opportunities to reflect on your life in creative ways.

back to top

How many sessions will I need?

There is no set number of counselling sessions. Every person seeks support for different reasons, so the number of sessions is determined by the topics you wish to discuss and your individual needs.

back to top

When should I start to see results?

The best outcomes for therapy are possible when people attend regularly.   Most people have weekly sessions. As things improve, sessions may shift to fortnightly or monthly, giving you more time to put into practice what you have learnt in therapy.

Art therapy can get to the heart of the matter quite quickly and positive changes are often reported after a small number of sessions. Others may require a longer period in which to address deeper issues. While every person is different, current research suggests that it can take 3-4 months of psychotherapy to establish sustainable change. Together we can discuss your needs as well as your schedule and determine what will work best for you.

back to top

How long are the sessions?

Individual art therapy sessions are 60 minutes.

Family therapy sessions are 75 minutes.

back to top

What is the cost of a therapy session?

I’m more than happy to talk with you about this when we speak on the phone. In regard to payment, I accept cash or cheque. Payment is due at the end of each session. All art materials are provided.

back to top

Do you offer reduced or sliding scale fees?

No, unfortunately as I’m in private practice and not funded by other agencies I’m unable to offer reduced fees. I do, however, offer a 10% discount on fees when you book and prepay for 4 individual counselling sessions in advance. If you choose this option, all 4 sessions must be used within 2 months. There is no refund for sessions not used within 12 months.

There are other organisations that offer low cost counselling, so if you’re experiencing financial difficulty I’m happy to give you the necessary information so you can contact those services.

back to top

Confidentiality

All personal information gathered by me during the provision of therapy will remain confidential and secure.

In addition to what we discuss, any of the artwork that you create in the therapy sessions also remains confidential. Your artwork stays in my safekeeping until your work with me has come to an end. At this point you are welcome to take the things that you have created.

back to top

What happens if I have to cancel or reschedule an appointment?

When an individual or family therapy appointment is made, that time is set aside especially for you. If sessions are cancelled or rescheduled with less than 48 hours notice , the full fee will be charged. I’m certainly happy to reschedule sessions when you provide more than 48 hours notice. For missed appointments without notice, the full session fee will be charged.

back to top

Can I claim sessions on Medicare or through Private Health Fund insurance?

Counselling and psychotherapy are not yet covered by Medicare.   One positive thing about that is that you don’t need a specific mental health diagnosis by a GP or a referral to participate in Art Therapy. This means that you won’t have a diagnosis listed on your medical record.

back to top

What are your qualifications and training?

I have a Master of Arts in Art Therapy. I also have a Post Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy. For 8 years I  facilitated a regular one-day Art Therapy program at the Centre for Continuing Education. My passion is working with cancer survivors and I‘ve been doing that for the past 14 years. Please see the About Fiona page for more information. There is a professional registration process for Masters level trained art therapists to practice in Australia, which I have undertaken. These standards are determined by ANZATA (Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association).

back to top