Frequently Asked Questions
What is expressive arts therapy?
Expressive Arts Therapy (EXA) is a type of therapy that uses a variety of artistic techniques as an intervention to support change/wellness. EXA utilizes creativity in addition to dialogue. EXA differs from art therapy in the sense that it is "intermodal", reaching toward multiple creative arts to expand an emotion or feeling. For example, one might begin with a guided visualization practice then move into drawing, journaling, music, or poetry. Expressive therapies connect to the right brain where the language of images, ideas, and creative expression exist. (This is especially useful when working with clients, of all ages, who have experienced trauma.) Ultimately, through metaphor, art and creativity, a trained therapist can help clients connect with and give voice to their emotions, as well as help them learn coping skills and support self-esteem. EXA therapist tend to offer a variety of creative methods, however each partitioner has a different approach. For my practice I believe metaphor is just as powerful as other modes of expression. The music you listen to is equally useful as a pen on paper. Rituals and movement practices also offer creative energy. I work with each client to determine what is comfortable and accessible to invite into our meetings.
What is narrative practice?
Narrative therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counseling and community work, which centers people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives. Learn more here.
What is Telehealth?
The terms telehealth and telemedicine are often used interchangeably, but telehealth has evolved to encapsulate a broader array of digital healthcare activities and services. Simply stated, telehealth is any health related service offered through distance tools such as telephone, video conference, or messaging services.
How does telehealth work?
I subscribe to a HIPPA compliant telehealth service so you don't have to worry about privacy issues. Once we set up an agreement for services, I will send you a link to join a session at the appointed date and time. From there all you need is a comfortable, private space, with internet that is compatible with 10mps. Once you join the session, we will be able to communicate via voice and video for the duration of the session. Alternatively we can "meet" via telephone, in which case I will call you at the appointed day and time.
Do you offer text and email therapy?
I do not offer text and email therapy as the main mode of therapeutic exchange. I offer video conference and phone options unless there is an accessibility concern. Please open a conversation with me if you are not able to access video conference tools.
How does expressive arts and narrative practice work through telehealth?
There truly is no substitute for the benefits of meeting in person. Believe it or not, the virtual exchange can still be effective, productive, and result in the change you are seeking. I have the benefit of experience and creativity on my side when it comes to discovering new ways to have meaningful exchanges via video contact. All I ask of clients is to be open minded. I usually request that clients have a journal and writing/coloring supplies on hand when we meet. As we get to know each other, the way we work will unfold organically. What I offer you is an opportunity to explore new ways of meeting yourself. Being an "artist" is not required.
What is your fee per service?
Wellness consultations are meant to be longer term and the cost is dependent on how long we meet, what you can realistically afford, and what limits I have set within the fee scale. My baseline fee per hour is $95. If this is not a manageable fee, I offer lower fees at a sliding scale to reduce the cost of meeting over time and address your ability to pay. For all clients who can pay the full fee, a portion will go toward supporting a low fee client. You can also sponsor a no-fee spot through an additional donation should you have the means. All fees are negotiated at the time we agree to begin working together. Brief consultation fees are listed in the descriptions here.