Amara Clark, MA, LCAT, ATR-BC
Individual therapy sessions are 45-60 minutes in length and are typically held on a weekly basis. Depending on the focus of each session and the preferences of the individual in therapy, art and talk therapy can be integrated, and combined with other expressive techniques such as creative writing or poetry as well as mindfulness and relaxation practices. Length of treatment can vary greatly depending on the needs and wishes of each individual, and the issues being addressed.
Art Therapy with Children & Adolescents
Individual art therapy sessions for children and adolescents are typically held on a weekly basis. Parent and child conjoint sessions are encouraged on a regular basis to support the child’s treatment. Depending on the child’s needs and focus of therapy, art and talk therapy can be integrated, and combined with therapeutic play, bibliotherapy, mindfulness practices, and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.
Group Art Therapy
Art therapy groups can be adapted depending on the specific setting and population they are provided for. Typically groups run from 6-8 weeks and focus on a particular theme such as "Art Journaling for Stress Relief", "Developing Art Based Coping Skills", or "Processing Loss through Visual Expression", to name a few examples. Art therapy groups promote the development of art based coping skills, social skills, grounding and relaxation techniques, emotional regulation, safe emotional expression, tracking of thoughts and feelings, and processing life experiences.
I have experience providing clinical supervision to therapists, counselors, and art therapy graduate students in training.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a time limited and evidenced based treatment modality that focuses on alleviating symptoms of trauma in children and adolescents. To learn more about TF-CBT I recommend visiting National Child Traumatic Stress Network http://www.nctsn.org