About One on One Art Therapy

Many clients prefer one-on-one art therapy because they get undivided attention, a chance for deeper self-exploration and the freedom to speak openly. You may want to process a negative childhood event, a personal situation or to work through grief and trauma. I provide a safe space to work through stressful life situations.

Art Therapy Guelph Believe

Believe, 18" x 24", Mixed Media Collage by Heather Caruso

Most of my clients have been diagnosed with anxiety, PTSD, depression and/or bipolar. However, I don't believe a person is limited by their diagnostic label or medical diagnosis. I see people as an individual with an inherent nature and unique life experiences.

In private practice, I help people's mental and emotional wellbeing using artmaking. I use a combination of art therapy and psychotherapy. A few of the psychotherapy tools I use in sessions are CBT, trauma counselling, empowerment and grounding exercises coupled with creating art. Artmaking is the main focus of all the sessions. Occasionally, I will bring forward things that challenge your current thoughts or actions that do not serve your values or goals.

The work we do together provides opportunities to process lived experiences and reframe negative and anxious thought patterns. I offer tools that help foster hope, positivity, grounding and empowerment. Your individuality and values are respected. My goal is to help you step into your authenticity and self-compassion.

Art therapy is not about the end product and creating a beautiful masterpiece. It does not require artistic talent. No one judges your art. It is simply about freedom of expression with any colours or materials you see fit. You will be free from the expectation of making something perfect. I am there to help with materials but it is not an art lesson.

Typically in sessions, I check in to see how you are feeling. You are not limited in what you say. You set the tone and can say anything and everything. I will ask what colours, materials and symbols may express your feelings in the art. You create your work. After the art is finished I explore what the art means to you. Often my clients are surprised at what comes out in the art-making. For example, there may be tears, laughter, past stories that come up and you share your experience to help me understand. I provide a safe place for sharing.

Each art therapy session is 50 minutes long. A one-on-one session is $160.00. During COVID our group sessions are online and some of our one on one sessions are in person or online.

If you do video conferencing art therapy sessions require a tablet, phone or computer with a camera and speakers. You also need an 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.

I offer a complimentary 15-minute get-acquainted chat for new clients. Here you can ask questions about your concerns, what I do and determine if my skills suit your needs. Contact me by calling 519 827 9237 or message me below: