Group Art Therapy
Group Art Therapy
‘Making art together develops a graphic language that enables people to speak to each other in ways that are simply unattainable by words alone’ (Shirley Riley, 2001, p.279).
We offer art therapy sessions with all art materials included. There are many benefits to group art therapy and we want to make sure it is accessible for people who are facing financial barriers as well. Our group therapy starts from $30 and up to $50 per sessions.
Each group will include a free 30-min first consultation, the consultation is intended to make sure the group art therapy is a fit to your mental health needs. We will be able to address any questions or concerns you have about group art therapy; to assess what you will like to achieve within the group and to establish a fee that is comfortable for you.
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Why group art therapy?
Group art therapy provides a safe environment to relate to others in a healthy way
Group art therapy is a great way to connect with other people whom are going through similar healing journey as you, this will usually help you feel less alone in whatever it is that you are dealing with
Group art therapy will allow you the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with others through creative expression, rather than through words alone
What to expect?
Our group art therapy are on average 8 weeks. There will be a maximum of 8 people in each group and will be 2 hours in length. All groups are closed for the entire group. This is to ensure we get a chance to build group cohesion to support each of your mental health healing.
The first session
Our first session will begin with an introduction to the group, to your fellow group members and our approaches to group art therapy, as it may differ depending on the nature of the group. As a group, we will establish a group container in order to make sure the group is a safe place for all members.
Group Art Therapy structure
Our session usually starts with a short mindfulness practice-optional. Mindfulness is the state of being aware in the present moment and this has a natural grounding quality. Grounding techniques are used for self-regulation, connecting body and mind through various techniques that engage cognitive or sensory awareness in the here-and-now.
Art directive- Art directives are offered by the art therapist to help clients explore a particular theme in a creative way that reaches your unconscious level of thinking. The art therapist may suggest you to use certain art materials depending on your needs or the goal of the session.
Discussion/Reflection -During the group sharing each client has their own individual time to share about the process and end product they created and any insights that they may have experienced through both. Sharing in a group setting is important because each person gets a chance to be witness in a nonjudgmental space which helps with self-stigmatization, it also helps through sharing ideas and different perspectives with each other.
Repeat mindfulness activity in the end for grounding and making sure all participants are in a good place before leaving the session.