What will happen to my art once the session has ended?

Every therapist has her own policy on what to do with the artwork once a session has finished. In a client-centered, recovery-based art therapy framework, you are the artist, and therefore, you get to decide on what to do with the artwork. Some clients prefer to keep their work, while some clients don't want to see it again once the session has ended. If you don't wish to keep your artwork, the art therapist will file it and give it the same respect as any other clinical notes. No matter what you decide to do with the artwork, the art therapist will suggest that you sign a permission contract; this will allow the art therapist to take pictures of your art pieces and document your progress. Again, all pictures and progress notes will be kept confidential in your private file.

Will my pictures be interpreted by the therapist?

Every therapist has her own interpretive framework which she believes will best help her client. In a client-centered, recovery-based art therapy framework, you are the expert on your own experience. With the guidance of the therapist's reflective questions, you interpret your own pictures and discover your own personal meaning.

© 2019 by Sandra Hewitt-Parsons
 

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