Frequently asked questions

Summary of questions below:

  • How can nature resource me?

  • What is the evidence base?

  • What will the focus be in sessions?

  • What is art therapy?

  • Additional information for online sessions.

  • Do I have to be 'good' at art to do art therapy?

  • How do online sessions work?

  • Do I need to buy expensive art materials?

  • Which are the areas where you have most experience?

  • Therapists professional obligations.

  • Safeguarding and confidentiality.

  • Can I stop taking my prescription medication? Will art therapy replace it?

  • Session length.

  • Do you offer concessions?

  • Holidays.

  • Cancellation policy.

 

How can nature resource me?
Online nature-based art therapy invites you to listen to your body and the rhythm of the natural cycles. Enhancing our connection to the natural world can help anchor us amongst challenging circumstances. Offering a feeling of being held in something greater than ourselves, and coming into balance with natural rhythms cycles, and a slower pace.

 

"The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature."(Joseph Campbell)

What is the evidence base?

As Ecotherapy becomes more mainstream, there is a growing body of evidence supporting the multiple mental, emotional and physical benefits of spending time in nature that many of us experience first hand. For example, a recent report by the national mental health charity Mind, and Derby University has a research department dedicated to nature connection. See Resources section for more links, including book recommendations i.e. Nature-Deficit Disorder.

What will we focus on in sessions?
The sessions are time for you, space to breathe, to connect to your body, your inner world, and make sense of the world we are now inhabiting.

It is rare to have a confidential space to explore ourselves and our concerns, and perhaps this is even more rare lately with lockdown and spending more time at home.

We can explore whatever you wish, reflect on the past, where you're at now, and hopes for the future. Integrating these insights and self-acceptance into a more resilient version of yourself.

What is Art Therapy?

  • Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses a mix of talking and art making. I can also incorporate nature-based mindfulness activities if this is something that interests you.
     

  • You do not need to be good at art to do art therapy. Art Therapy is not an art class. The aim is to explore your creativity and use this as a way to express and explore emotions and life issues.
     

  • You may talk with your art therapist about your personal problems, your artwork and your feelings and thoughts. The aim is for you and your therapist to work together, using the art you make to think about what is happening for you personally. Sometimes this can be very moving, or even upsetting for a while at first. I have extensive training and experience in working with people’s problems and distress.
     

  • Sessions are usually client-led, but if you feel stuck without too much structure talk to your therapist about this and perhaps some initial exercises can be suggested to get you started.
     

  • We can construct a regular structure for our sessions together which could include initial check-in, art-making, reflection on the art and the process of making it, any emotions arising from this. This is your space for you, so please feel free to shape it as you wish/need.

 

Additional information for online sessions:

  • Your first Zoom session will be free of charge, so you can see how it works.

  • Zoom sessions will not be recorded (the recording feature on Zoom will be disabled).

  • Please endeavour to find a space where you can be undisturbed.

  • Art materials do not need to be expensive, pen and paper will do. Natural materials gathered on walks can also be added if you wish to explore nature in our work together.

  • If at any point you wish to end sessions it is advisable to give your therapist some notice so that we can have a good, planned ending over several sessions.

Do I have to be 'good' at art to do art therapy?
No! No prior artistic experience or 'tallent' is necessary. 

Art therapy is about tapping into your innate creativity, which we all have but often neglect. The way we use art in the sessions is as a form of creative emotional expression. It's not about creating masterpieces, and it's not an art class.

My aim is for you to feel supported in a non-judgemental way, and for you to explore your playful creativity if you wish. There is no pressure to make art, but it can be a useful tool where words fail and bring unconscious aspects of ourselves to the surface.

How do online sessions work?
It might seem counter-intuitive to incorporate art and nature online. I honestly wasn't sure it would work myself, pre-lockdown I had never contemplated working online. However, I found it is surprisingly easy and effective, and have had positive feedback thusfar.
 

We can do little outdoor excursions online together if outside space is accessible to you. Or we can run through mindfulness exercises on Zoom that can be practiced outdoors at a later point in time.

 

We can also reflect on experiences you have had outdoors outside of our sessions. Wonder at the artistry of natural creation, glimmers of light through foliage, tumbling upside down into reflected skies in puddles, feeling the texture of tree skin against your human skin.

Do I need to buy expensive art materials?

No. Absolutely not. Your creative participation is invited using whatever you have to hand. This may be pencil and paper, junk from your recycling bin, old magazines, photographs you've taken of your favourite spot in nature, or fallen leaves, sticks, mud, flowers, stones, feathers collected from your daily walks. Whatever you feel drawn to use.

​Which are the areas where you have the most experience:

This isn't an exhaustive list and I am open to working with most issues, but these are some examples of areas where I have both personal and clinical experience.

- Nature Deficit Disorder

- Anxiety and stress

- Burnout

- Feeling overwhelmed

- Managing change and major life transitions

- Feeling isolated/stuck

- Self-esteem/confidence

- Coping with long term chronic pain

- Coping with long term illness

Therapist's professional obligations:

  • I am registered with HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and am a member of BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists).

  • I have regular supervision in allignment with professional requirements.

  • Data including clinical notes and images will be stored securely and deleted three years after sessions end, as per professional and statutory guidelines.

  • I am registered with the Information Commission to comply with GDPR.

 

Safeguarding and confidentiality:

Whilst most things are kept confidential between client and therapist (and their supervisor) confidentiality is not an absolute concept. Art Therapists have a professional duty of care to their clients which must sometimes override confidentiality, especially if there are concerns about the safeguarding and wellbeing of clients or risk to others.
 

Whilst information obtained from clients in conversation or through their artistic expression must be treated respectfully and professionally, confidentiality is held within a treatment team which in this case comprises of Kim Harrison and her supervisor. Art Therapists discuss clients with their supervisor confidentially in accordance with professional regulations.
 

Disclosure or sharing of information may be considered necessary by the therapist, and the client may also request it.

The law requires art therapists to disclose information where they are concerned about the safety of the client, the therapist, those caring for the client, or the public.
 

In such cases disclosure must be made in the manner which best protects the client's interests. The client will usually be informed before this happens, unless doing so could increase the risk to themselves or others.

Can I stop taking my prescription medication? Will art therapy replace it?

If you have a medical or psychiatric diagnoses and are on medication for this, please do not stop taking your medication without consulting your GP or consultant. Art Therapy can be a useful addition to primary medical care but cannot replace it.

Session length:

Sessions will last one hour and be held via Zoom (an online video conferencing platform - it is possible to open a free account here. It can be used on smartphone, tablet or computer. There is an option to turn video off if this helps you feel more comfortable at any point). Times must be adhered to strictly.

Do you offer concessions?

Yes concessionary rates are available to students, those on low incomes/unemployed, and keyworkers. This is self-identified, no proof is required, it is done on trust. Please contact me for details.

 

 

Holidays

Holidays can be mutually agreed between client and therapist by email, with 4 weeks notice if possible.

There will always be a scheduled holiday break over Christmas/new year for 2 weeks following academic holiday dates.

 

Cancellation policy:

Cancellation of single sessions must be in writing by email (kimharrrison@protonmail.com).

Cancellation by the client within 72 hours of the appointment date will incur a 50% charge.

Cancellation by the client within less than 24 hours of the appointment will be charged at full rate.

If I have to cancel a session for any reason there will be no charge to you and I will endeavour to give you at least 3 days notice.

Please inform me if you wish to end therapy with at least 3 weeks notice so that we can have a well-managed, therapeutic ending.

 

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