“Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques.
During individual and/or group sessions art therapists elicit their clients’ inherent capacity for art making to enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Research supports the use of art therapy within a professional relationship for the therapeutic benefits gained through artistic self expression and reflection for individuals who experience illness, trauma, and mental health problems and those seeking personal growth.”
Source: American Art Therapy Association 2013
As a client of Lila Art Therapy Services, LLC you are entitled to be treated in a professional and respectful manner. Although in art therapy there are no guarantees for success, you are entitled to prompt attention to your needs and competent services provided by a duly accredited mental health professional.
Risks in Treatment
Although art therapy is designed to improve the overall quality of life, the process at times involves the discussion of emotional issues that may be distressing. The greatest risk involved in this kind of treatment is often that the treatment provided may not be as effective as you hoped. If this should occur, you are encouraged to discuss this with me so that we can work together to come to a mutually agreeable solution. Success in attaining treatment goals will also depend upon the client’s motivation during the course of treatment.
In mental health there are often several ways to approach the problems that patients present with. You have the right to discuss my diagnostic impressions, the recommended course of treatment, goals, and the methods I recommend for obtaining these treatment goals.
Information shared with any art therapist is confidential and will not be shared with anyone else except for these instances below, which must, by law, be reported to the appropriate authority or significant person:
- You sign a release permitting disclosure of information.
- You are threatening to seriously harm yourself or another person.
- I suspect that a child is being abused.
- Under some circumstances when I am ordered by the court to disclose information.
- When your insurance company requests information that will be utilized to review the necessity and appropriateness of the care you receive (no information is divulged without your prior knowledge and consent).
- When your account is delinquent and I authorize your name to be released to a collection agency.
Appointments and Cancellations
Clients are seen by appointment only, and an appointment time is reserved specifically for you. Appointments not cancelled within 24 hours in advance of the appointment, will be charged at the full rate with no exceptions. Excessive missed/cancelled appointments will not be subject to the 24-hour courtesy cancellation policy.
Sessions and Fees
If you decide to attend psychotherapy sessions on a weekly basis, I will reserve a regular time for you whenever possible. A typical therapy session is 60 minutes in length. The fee for a typical 60 minute art therapy session is $100,unless you are purchasing an online session package with reduced rates. All art materials are always included in the fee and provided during sessions.
It is the policy of this office to pay for services when services are rendered, unless other arrangements have been made. All professional services are ultimately the responsibility of the minor’s parents or guardians.
You have the right to terminate art therapy at your discretion. I may also decide to terminate. Reasons for termination include, but are not limited to, failure to comply with treatment recommendations, conflicts of interest, failure to participate in therapy, client needs which are outside of my scope of competence or practice (appropriate referrals would be recommended), lack of adequate progress in therapy, or untimely payment of fees. If any decision to terminate is brought up by either of us, I will generally recommend that you participate in at least two termination sessions. These sessions are intended to facilitate a positive termination experience and give both of us an opportunity to reflect on the work that has been done. I will also attempt to ensure a smooth transition to another therapist by offering referrals to you.