FAQs

1. Is art therapy covered by insurance?

  • We take insurance plans, but please double check with your insurance company that your plan covers psychotherapy.

2. Will I only make art during the session?

  • No, we don’t only make art.  It depends on each art therapist’s practice and what you need in each session.  The session may also include: talking, journalling, CBT techniques, mindfulness, etc.

3. What kind of art materials are used during a session?

  • We have all kinds of art materials available: coloured pencils, markers, oil pastels, chalk, collage, paints, clay etc.  

4. Is there a limit to how many sessions I have access to?

  • There is no limit to the number of sessions you have access to.  Each person has different needs, some benefit from short term therapy and some benefit with having long term support.  

  • We find that sometimes session restrictions can cause more stress, so we do not set a session limit.

  • The number of sessions covered by your insurance may be limited, but we will continue to work with you on a sliding scale to ensure accessibility to services

5. How much is the cost for an art therapy session? Do you use a sliding scale?

  • First session is $60, the subsequent sessions are on a sliding scale, which is dependent on your annual income. This will be discussed with your therapist during your initial session.

6. How do I know if Art Therapy is right for me and if it will help me?

  • Although we can never guarantee outcomes from a therapy session, there are many potential benefits. Some of the potential benefits can include the creation of personal insights, stress relief and increasing self esteem among others. Art therapy may also be beneficial for individuals living with addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, illness and various mental health concerns.

  • If you have any questions or concerns, we suggest booking a 15 minute phone consultation with one of our art therapists. Click here.

7. Does Full Circle rent out office space to Art Therapists?

Yes, we do.  Our centre operates like a co-working space for other art therapists whose goals and practice align with our mission.  We provide monthly group supervision from a Registered Psychotherapist and quarterly professional training opportunities.

8. Should I be an artist or creative person to try art therapy?

  • No artistic skills or experience is required : )

  • All of our art therapists are trained to guide you through the creative process, help you become familiar with the materials, and to support you to express yourself through art.

9. How is Art Therapy different from talk therapy?

  • Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is often a talk-based therapy and is intended to help people improve and maintain their mental health and well-being, and occurs in a therapeutic relationships where the where both the client and therapist work together to bring about positive change in the client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning. Art therapy differs from traditional talk therapy, because clients use art materials and activities to externalize thoughts and feelings which may be  difficult to verbalize or cannot be expressed through words alone.

10. What is the difference between Art Therapy & art class?

  • The goals of an art class often focus on building a specific skill set, learning how to use specific art materials, or focusing on the aesthetic and visual qualities of a finished product. Art Therapy however focuses on the process of art making, the insights created and the ability of art making to elevate mood and create new insights. It is also guided by a professional art therapist within a therapeutic relationship.

11. How do you become an art therapist?

  • “In Canada, an undergraduate degree in fine arts, psychology, social work or counselling is required before entering one of the art therapy programs. If the undergraduate degree is in another area, a prior learning assessment can be recognized to determine appropriate equivalency. It is recommended to have art and psychology courses.  These programs include post-graduate diplomas, graduate diplomas and Master’s degree programs” ~Canadian Art Therapy Association

12. Is Art Therapy a regulated profession?

  • Art therapy is not a regulated profession. However, psychotherapy is a regulated act, and art therapists who practice the controlled act of psychotherapy must be members in good standing with the Registered College of Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).


If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!

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