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Typically, we start with spending the first session getting to know you and understanding your reason for coming in for therapy. Based on this first interaction, we come up with a plan that suits your needs.

Each one-on-one session generally starts with a warm-up activity to prepare you for deeper inner work. Then we get into a main activity that helps you explore your feelings through one or multiple art forms. We end with a closing activity or by getting into a verbal sharing of your feelings and insights from the creative explorations. Your facilitator might also leave you with some work to do before coming to the next session for e.g. keeping an art journal, exploring certain feelings and emotions through drawing etc.

This is a general framework of the sessions and much depends on your mood and preferences when you come in for each session. You are always in control of the frequency, pace and direction of your therapeutic journey.

The overall framework of group sessions is more or less similar to that of individual sessions. However, the biggest difference is that of the presence of other people in the room along with you. There could be multiple reasons for bringing multiple (most times unrelated/unfamiliar) individuals to come together for therapy. Sometimes, we choose a theme and invite people to join the group if the theme resonates with them; at other times, an organization or group might approach us for a common issue that they might feel the need to work on.

Group therapy has been found to be very effective for a number of reasons. It helps participants see that they are not alone and that others are dealing with similar issues. An environment of trust and safety in the group helps people to share their feelings openly and also to inculcate empathy. Working on common themes with others helps one learn new perspectives and coping mechanisms. The group environment is also great for practicing new social behaviors and skills that are challenging in the real world setting.

The answer to this question varies with each unique individual and their circumstances. While some individuals might start gaining insights and feeling better in the very first session, others might experience initial hesitation and might only start noticing change after a few sessions. We have seen that maximum progress takes place when the client is willing and open to change.
No, you do not need to have any prior experience or talent in art. Expressive Arts Therapy values the process of making art more than the final product. Anything you create is beautiful because it is an expression of YOU and it holds a special message for you. All you need, to gain maximum benefit from these sessions, is trust and openness for the creative process.
We believe that each person possesses the power of self-healing and this power comes from paying heed to the messages we receive from our own body and mind. Since each person is unique, no one else can be an authority on another's feelings and expressions. Our focus is not on what your artwork means to us. Instead, we facilitate the sessions in a manner that helps you explore, discover and trust your own, personal meaning from the creative process and its outcome/s.
We take privacy and confidentiality extremely seriously and, for this reason, sign a confidentiality agreement with our clients before entering therapy. All information shared during the therapeutic process is treated with sensitivity. Care is taken to ensure any personal information shared individually with the facilitator or in the group sessions is treated with utmost respect and confidentiality. The records from therapy sessions are kept confidential and no individual identities are revealed in any reports, publications or case studies.

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