About One on One Art Therapy

Art Therapy Guelph, BelieveBelieve, 18" x 24", Mixed Media Collage by Heather Caruso

Offering In-Person and Online One on One Sessions

Individual sessions offer privacy and one on one attention.

My clients tend to seek support for one of the four issues, anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD or grief and loss. Many of my adult clients are empathic, spiritual women who have a desire to create positive change in their lives despite their childhood or traumatic experiences. The children and teens I see often want support with anxiety, stress, loss and parental separation.

Participating in individual art therapy with me may be for you if you are experiencing emotional challenges, need to talk about something bothering you and/or your past, or have long-term mental health challenges.  you could quiet your negative thoughts. You just want to feel like your old self again.

Imagine being able to work through these issues in a gentle and creative way. I offer a safe and comforting space for art therapy sessions. I work with all ages, adults, children, and teens. Art therapy does not require artistic talent so no one judges your art. It is simply about freedom of expression using any colours or art materials you see fit.

During our sessions, creating art is the focus. The first session is an hour and a half and follow-ups are 50 minutes long. A session typically goes like this: I check in to see how you are feeling and what goals you want to address. I respect your need to work on things at your own pace, your individuality and values are respected. Once you decide what issues you want to work on, we collaborate about what direction your session focus and art will take. I may suggest a directed art exercise or free expression. I am there for support and guidance if you have questions about art materials. You chose whatever art media, colours, textures or images you wish. We work together using a combination of artful creating along with stress relief techniques, positivity, mindfulness, and/or trauma counselling. After the art is finished, we discuss your art and what it means to you. Often my clients are surprised at what comes out in their creations. For example, there may be tears, laughter, and past stories that show up. Sometimes it can help a client identify limiting beliefs and thought patterns. My goal is that we use our time to help you work through and understand your life experiences and emotions. In our work together, there are opportunities to unpack things that are bothering you, for personal growth and deeper learning, creativity, and understanding of oneself.

Sessions can be in person or online. All in-person sessions respect government COVID recommendations. All art materials are supplied. If you chose to do online sessions, you require a tablet, phone or computer with a camera and speakers, a stable internet connection with our suggested app, a private, quiet area with a workspace and your art supplies handy. Art supplies should be pencils, pencil crayons, markers, acrylic or watercolour paints and brushes, air dry clay and or play dough, magazines, glue and scissors (for collage) and pastels. An art journal, 9 x 12 inches with thick paper is useful, however paper can be larger up to 22 x 28 inches.

Some insurance companies provide coverage for a registered psychotherapist. Please check your plan to determine if you have coverage. For those who are covered, we provide a receipt and you will submit it to your insurance provider for reimbursement. A one-on-one session is $160.00 plus HST.

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If you are interested in becoming a client, please book a get-acquainted chat with Heather. It is a complementary session. Fill in your information below