What modalities do you use in a session?
I use everything I have learned so far. I find every modality/technique compliments each other, once you know the core of a modality it's easy to integrate with others. I have made a conscious choice of not naming everything I know & have learned, I would like to be known as a therapist who brings change.
How long does each therapy session take?
Each session varies from 60 - 90 minutes. Sometimes they extend or finish earlier based on how a session is proceeding.
How does art help, I am skeptical?
So was I, when I started learning I did doubt it. We have a left & right brain, the left being logical, factual, analyzing, linear & yang in nature, whereas the right is creative, emotional, intuitive, artistic & yin in nature. Arts help to connect these two & bring about the change, know what the block, insights & wisdom to change it.
When you teach a child something new, you try to make it more interactive & fun. That’s the same way with adults, it's just that we heal, we learn, we change.
What is arts-based therapy?
Arts-based therapy is where different forms of arts are used in a therapy settings to bring desired changes. You can say arts – therapy or say arts – in – therapy.
What kind of art forms are used?
Every art form that I know of – paints, poetry, drama, storytelling, body movements, music, songs, dance & meditation.
Is this same as learning from arts/dance/music classes?
No, it's completely different. In a class, you learn techniques to practice & perfect which requires you to use your cognitive skills to remember & learn.
In arts-based therapy, there is no learning of these techniques, nothing to remember & learn. It's all about expressing yourself, allowing to silent your mind & let your subconscious, wisdom flow through arts. It's also a wonderful mindful exercise.
Do I have to know to basics of any form for this therapy?
No, not knowing is the best thing. It allows you to flow & not look for perfection. If you know that’s fine too, letting go & learning to flow is also an art.