COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What will the process be like?
As a new client, you will complete a brief, confidential intake and assessment, which are used to help identify goals and objectives for the course of treatment. You will meet with the therapist regularly for 50-minute sessions and actively work toward meeting goals utilizing a variety of hands-on, creative, and engaging interventions.  The number of sessions will be determined by a variety of factors including therapist discretion, client goals, and/or insurance limitations.  In between sessions individuals will benefit from reflecting on the events and discussion from the previous session. Positive outcomes will increase when individuals are active participants during and after sessions.

 

When working with younger children, parent/guardian feedback is essential to the therapeutic process and as a result parent/guardian participation is encouraged; however many adolescents and teenagers may desire to work with a therapist without the presence of their parent/guardian.  You are encouraged to call Creative Wellness for a free 15-minute consultation to explore your options.

How often will I meet with my therapist?
Because treatment is individualized, the frequency of sessions will be determined between you and your therapist, with your needs and schedule in mind.  For individuals utilizing insurance, your insurance provider may also determine limitations.  It is important to understand that better outcomes may result from sessions attended on a regular and consistent basis.  Therapy can be brief and short-term: pre-identified goals are used to keep the therapeutic process on track, preventing you from negative rumination and becoming “stuck” in a situation.  Your therapist will hold you accountable for making choices conducive to progress.
What can I expect in a therapeutic session?
The therapist will come to you, prepared with directives and materials to assist you in meeting your goals.  Each session is confidential and client-centered, resulting in unique opportunities rather than cookie-cutter timelines of treatment.  If you determine it necessary to explore topics unrelated to your goals, the therapist will be flexible to accommodate your needs, while simultaneously encouraging the sessions to remain solution-focused.  Directives provided by your therapist will be related to your goals and can include talking, thinking, moving, and of course, creating!  All materials and supplies are provided by the therapist and are included in fees; there is no extra cost to you.  Frequently, your therapist may assign you “homework” that will assist you with subsequent sessions or encourage you to practice skills learned.
I use adult coloring books, isn’t that art therapy?
According to the American Art Therapy Association the use of coloring books can be a great activity for recreation and self-care, however they are not considered art therapy.  Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.  You are encouraged to utilize coloring books for stress-relief, however the use of coloring books should not replace therapy.
What if I’m not creative?
You do not have to be creative or artistic to benefit from creative arts therapies!  Therapists at Creative Wellness believe everyone is born with unique abilities; therapists will provide directives to help you explore your own talents to become your best self.  Experience with art is definitely not required when working with an art therapist, however it is helpful to have an open mind to the limitless possibilities that can emerge from a creative therapeutic process.
Do I have to make art?
Making art is always your choice, as is participation in any activity or directive provided by your therapist.  Therapists at Creative Wellness are trained in a variety of evidence-based practices designed to accommodate your individual needs and improve your daily life.  Creating a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment conducive to therapeutic exploration is priority; the therapist will always respect your physical and emotional boundaries and encourage you to assess your levels of comfort throughout the process.
Will you interpret my art?
E.A. Bucchianeri stated, “Art is in the eye of the beholder, and everyone will have their own interpretation.”  However, Creative Wellness believes that in the therapeutic process, the meaning and interpretation of artworks created must come from the originating artist.  Your therapist can offer guidance and feedback regarding historical symbolism of content produced, however it will be your own interpretation and meaning that is most important in the sessions.
Is therapy confidential?
Information shared by the client in session will be kept confidential under the guidelines of Florida Law and Federal Regulation.  Information will not be released without the client’s written consent, except for professional consultation and supervision if needed and unless required by law. Permission to share information with community providers or other individuals is obtained by completing the Authorization and Consent for Release of Information located under the Forms tab.

Limitations to confidentiality:

 

  1. When there is imminent risk of danger to the client or someone else, the counselor is ethically bound to take necessary steps to protect the client and/or inform the intended victim of possible danger.
  2. Any reasonable suspicion of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse of an elder, child or handicapped individual, and/or neglect, will be reported to appropriate authorities.
  3. When a valid court order is issued for medical records, your counselor is bound by law to comply.
  4. HIPAA allows that information regarding treatment and diagnosis be shared with the client’s insurance company and Primary Care Physician in order to encourage proper continuity of care

 

For additional information please read our Service Agreement and Privacy Policy.

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What will the process be like?
As a new client, you will complete a brief, confidential intake and assessment, which are used to help identify goals and objectives for the course of treatment. You will meet with the therapist regularly for 50-minute sessions and actively work toward meeting goals utilizing a variety of hands-on, creative, and engaging interventions.  The number of sessions will be determined by a variety of factors including therapist discretion, client goals, and/or insurance limitations.  In between sessions individuals will benefit from reflecting on the events and discussion from the previous session. Positive outcomes will increase when individuals are active participants during and after sessions.

 

When working with younger children, parent/guardian feedback is essential to the therapeutic process and as a result parent/guardian participation is encouraged; however many adolescents and teenagers may desire to work with a therapist without the presence of their parent/guardian.  You are encouraged to call Creative Wellness for a free 15-minute consultation to explore your options.

How often will I meet with my therapist?
Because treatment is individualized, the frequency of sessions will be determined between you and your therapist, with your needs and schedule in mind.  For individuals utilizing insurance, your insurance provider may also determine limitations.  It is important to understand that better outcomes may result from sessions attended on a regular and consistent basis.  Therapy can be brief and short-term: pre-identified goals are used to keep the therapeutic process on track, preventing you from negative rumination and becoming “stuck” in a situation.  Your therapist will hold you accountable for making choices conducive to progress.
What can I expect in a therapeutic session?
The therapist will come to you, prepared with directives and materials to assist you in meeting your goals.  Each session is confidential and client-centered, resulting in unique opportunities rather than cookie-cutter timelines of treatment.  If you determine it necessary to explore topics unrelated to your goals, the therapist will be flexible to accommodate your needs, while simultaneously encouraging the sessions to remain solution-focused.  Directives provided by your therapist will be related to your goals and can include talking, thinking, moving, and of course, creating!  All materials and supplies are provided by the therapist and are included in fees; there is no extra cost to you.  Frequently, your therapist may assign you “homework” that will assist you with subsequent sessions or encourage you to practice skills learned.
I use adult coloring books, isn’t that art therapy?
According to the American Art Therapy Association, (insert hyperlink http://3blmedia.com/News/Adult-Coloring-Book-Phenomenon) the use of coloring books can be a great activity for recreation and self-care, however they are not considered art therapy.  Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.  You are encouraged to utilize coloring books for stress-relief, however the use of coloring books should not replace therapy.
What if I’m not creative?
You do not have to be creative or artistic to benefit from creative arts therapies!  Therapists at Creative Wellness believe everyone is born with unique abilities; therapists will provide directives to help you explore your own talents to become your best self.  Experience with art is definitely not required when working with an art therapist, however it is helpful to have an open mind to the limitless possibilities that can emerge from a creative therapeutic process.
Do I have to make art?
Making art is always your choice, as is participation in any activity or directive provided by your therapist.  Therapists at Creative Wellness are trained in a variety of evidence-based practices designed to accommodate your individual needs and improve your daily life.  Creating a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment conducive to therapeutic exploration is priority; the therapist will always respect your physical and emotional boundaries and encourage you to assess your levels of comfort throughout the process.
Will you interpret my art?
E.A. Bucchianeri stated, “Art is in the eye of the beholder, and everyone will have their own interpretation.”  However, Creative Wellness believes that in the therapeutic process, the meaning and interpretation of artworks created must come from the originating artist.  Your therapist can offer guidance and feedback regarding historical symbolism of content produced, however it will be your own interpretation and meaning that is most important in the sessions.
Is therapy confidential?
Information shared by the client in session will be kept confidential under the guidelines of Florida Law and Federal Regulation.  Information will not be released without the client’s written consent, except for professional consultation and supervision if needed and unless required by law. Permission to share information with community providers or other individuals is obtained by completing the Authorization and Consent for Release of Information located under the Forms tab.

Limitations to confidentiality:

 

  1. When there is imminent risk of danger to the client or someone else, the counselor is ethically bound to take necessary steps to protect the client and/or inform the intended victim of possible danger.
  2. Any reasonable suspicion of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse of an elder, child or handicapped individual, and/or neglect, will be reported to appropriate authorities.
  3. When a valid court order is issued for medical records, your counselor is bound by law to comply.
  4. HIPAA allows that information regarding treatment and diagnosis be shared with the client’s insurance company and Primary Care Physician in order to encourage proper continuity of care

 

For additional information please read our Service Agreement and Privacy Policy.