What if I am not any good at art?

You do not have to be good at art in order to participate in and benefit from Art Therapy.  Art Therapy does not focus on how good the resulting art looks. What is most important is the creative process and having the art as an outlet for expression.

Will my artwork be analyzed or judged in any way during art therapy sessions?

We won’t interpret (analyze) each others artworks and judgement is not allowed in this space. Your peers are however invited to share their own impressions and feelings of your artwork. Gaining a different perspective can open up new ways of seeing your own creations, your own story, and you are also welcome to interpret your own piece of art. But it’s always your choice, and we will respect that, even if it’s changing from session to session, depending on your own mood, momentary openness, or the topic we are working with.

What can I expect from my first art therapy session, and how can I prepare for it?

Here you can read more about how an art-therapy session looks like. In general, you don’t have to prepare with anything, all the materials will be there for you on the spot and the host will make sure to create a well-designed series of activities that can help you to ‘arrive’, ‘tune in’ and create. However, it’s recommended:

  1.  To arrive in (or bring) comfortable clothes and keep your phone on airplane model during the session. So you can stay focused on the ‘here and now’ that facilitates the effectiveness of the process. 
  2. to leave some time for yourself to unwind after the session. It depends on each and every person how quickly they are able to shift focus, and also on your personal connection with the topic we are working with. You will be able to quickly figure this out for yourself, so it’s enough to only calculate with this for the first session, and then you can organize yourself however it feels good for you. 

 

Can I use art therapy in combination with other forms of therapy or treatment?

Yes, in fact, it is well integrable into a comprehensive treatment plan to address a range of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral issues. For example, art therapy can be used as a complementary treatment for depression, anxiety, and in trauma-related cases, in conjunction with traditional talk therapy. Art therapy also works nicely with other forms of creative expression, such as music therapy or dance therapy, to promote holistic healing and self-expression in a different modality. However, it is important to talk with your healthcare provider/mental health professional about integrating group art therapy into your treatment plan, as they can help you determine if this method meet your individual needs and circumstances. In case you are currently in an active psychotic phase or taking antipsychotics, participation on the Catharsis Complex Art Therapy is not recommended (due to the nature of the process). 

How long does an art therapy session last? How often and for how long do I need to attend art therapy sessions to see benefits?

A session usually lasts for 2,5-3 hours and we are meeting bi-weekly at least 5-6 times and working through a various range of topics. You can also choose to attend to more intense workshops where we are working together for 6 hours (+1 hour lunchbreak) on one specific set of topics. At least 15 hours of active participation is recommended to start experiencing the more major benefits and be able to integrate them on the longer run. However, only a few hours can also help just to release tension and experience join and mindfulness.

What kind of art materials and techniques will be used in art therapy sessions?

We are working with a wide variety of art materials, such as watercolor, soft pastel, oil crayon, pencils, charcoal, clay, and collage and montage techniques. The materials are always consciously chosen to the topic we are working with, as different materials support different psychological processes (e.g. can help to open up emotions, or support grounding and keep the participants in reality). The works are mainly individual ones, but time to time we are also doing group artworks.

What types of issues can art therapy help with?

Art therapy is a versatile and effective approach to addressing a wide range of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral issues. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling to express your emotions, art therapy can provide a safe and creative outlet to explore your feelings and work through them in a different way. Art therapy can be used to manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction, as well as to promote social skills and emotional regulation. Additionally, art therapy can be a valuable tool for individuals experiencing chronic pain, illness, or relationship issues. Basically, art therapy can help you get in touch with your feelings, understand yourself better, and develop new coping strategies to handle the challenges of life.

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