At Kindred Art Space, we understand that commencing therapy can sometimes be daunting. That’s why we have put some tips together to help you find the right Art Therapist for you.
Research shows that the relationship between a client and their therapist is one of the most important factors in determining whether therapy will be beneficial.
At Kindred Art Space each of our practitioners are university trained, master’s qualified health professionals and experts in current, evidence-based treatment approaches, such as Arts Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Counselling, Meditation and Mindfulness. After all that is part of their ongoing professional development essential for their membership of Australia’s peak bodies. Each of these associations have strict Code of Ethics and Practice regulations that all their members adhere to ongoingly and our Kindred Art Space practitioners are a member of one or more of these peak bodies. So you have peace of mind knowing they meet appropriate education and practice standards, and are accountable to a professional code of ethics and complaints procedure. They use creative processes to help clients explore feelings that may be hard to put into words. Creative Arts Therapists help clients to reduce anxiety, improve self-awareness and find new pathways to healing.
However, all these qualifications and experience aside, scientific studies suggest that what’s more important than any of these specific treatment approaches is the match between you and your therapist.
How do you know if it is a good match with your Art Therapist?
This is something only you can decide. Sometimes people find they get a gut feeling or hunch after an initial meeting while others prefer to give themselves time and space to decide how they feel.
When trying to figure out whether you “click” with your Art Therapist it can be useful to ask yourself:
- Does there seem to be mutual respect between my Art Therapist and I?
- Do I feel safe enough to talk about private, sensitive, painful or uncomfortable topics with my Art Therapist?
- Do I feel that my Art Therapist accepts me without judgement?
- Do I get the sense that we’ll be able to work together effectively?
- Does my Art Therapist have expertise in the areas that I’m wanting help with?
It takes time to build a trusting relationship with your Art Therapist (just as it does with any person). If you feel safe, understood and respected though, it is likely that you have found an Art Therapist who is a good match for you.
How we can help you to find the right match
We’ve created detailed biographies for each of our practitioners to help you with doing your own research. You can read through each of their profiles on our Therapist Directory by clicking HERE.
After reading through our practitioner’s profiles we highly recommend contacting us to organise a no-obligation free initial 15minute ‘Meet and Greet’ with one you feel would best suit your needs.