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  • What is Art Therapy?
    Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the act of art making. It works by helping clients to connect with and understand their inner world, and towards the development of a client's integrated sense of self, with increased self-awareness and acceptance. The creative process is employed to help clients increase insight and jusdment, cope better with stress, work through traumatic experiences, increase cognitive abilities, have better relationships with family and friends, and to just be able to enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of the creative experience. Sometimes words do not say it all, but by using art, clients can develop a visual language that enables them to gain a different perspective of their situation and facilitates their inner feelings to be expressed in a new way.
  • Is art therapy the same as an art class?
    NO! Art therapy workshops are a therapeutic tool. No skill or artistic ability is required. Ar therapy workshops are a fun way to explore and express emotions while learning effective coping skills.
  • What kinds of issues can art therapy help with and are offered at Brush Strokes?
    Art therapy workshops are helpful for a variety of different issues such as: Depression Negative Thinking Anxiety Stress Grief Self-Confidence Trauma Relationship Difficulties Anger Interpersonal Skills Post-Partum Depression
  • What is a typical art therapy workshop like?
    There is no set way that an art therapy workshop unfolds, as each person and group is different, but there are certain aspects that should always remain the same: - The session is a safe, confidential, trusting and non-judgmental environment. - There is no pressure to use the art material on your first session, it's your session and you choose when and how to use the materials. - Although art making can be a nonverbal process, it can be useful to reflect on the image in a verbal way with the therapist or group, but again, this is the choice of the client as each person's needs are different.
  • What is the cost of an art therapy workshop?
    Art therapy workshops last 2 - 4 hours and the fee varies from $30 - $60 depending on the project.
  • Are art therapy sessions confidential?
    Contents of art therapy workshops are considered to be confidential. Confidentiality is an important part of the relationship between a client and therapist and it is protected by the law. Workshops take place in a group setting, and all members of the group are expected to respect the privacy of other members. There can be exceptions howeer, such as in cases where the client is considered to be a danger to others or themselves.
  • Do I need to have experience to come to an art class?
    That depends on the class. If a class is labeled as a "beginner" class, then the answer is "no, no experience is required". Details regarding experience level will be listed on each individual event page.
  • How much do art classes cost?
    Costs vary depending on the class and whether materials are included. Details for cost and materials will be listed on each individual event.
  • Do I need to bring anything to the art classes?
    In most cases, supplies will be included in the price of the class unless otherwise noted on the specific event page. From time to time, we may have a guest workshop, in which case you will need to bring your own supplies. In these cases, the instructor will let you know what you need to bring.
  • Do you teach private art lessons?
    I do teach private art lessons on a beginner level. Prices will vary per medium. Just email me if you are interested and I can get you on the schedule!
  • Do you offer group events, i.e. birthday parties, girls night out, etc?"
    Groups are welcome at Brush Strokes if scheduling allows. E-mail your request and we can get your fun time listed on the schedule!
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