FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Art psychotherapy (or art therapy for short) is a mental health service that uses visual arts media as a tool in sessions to help enhance and strengthen one's mental health and well-being. It is a form of psychotherapy and an established alternative to traditional talk therapy.
No. Art psychotherapy is used as a tool to aid in the surfacing, processing and identifying of emotions, thoughts and difficulties. Art as therapy refers to using art as a medium to encourage wellness and therapeutic benefits such as stress relief, increase pleasure or mindfulness.
No. Artistic skills are not required for art therapy as it is not an art activity or workshop.
In art therapy, it is possible to facilitate non-verbal communication. The use of art as a tool in the therapy session allows clients to externalise their emotions in a safe manner. It is less intimidating for one to process their difficult emotions without having to voice it out verbally.
Art therapy and counselling are both mental health services but use different techniques and tools to support clients.
Yes. It is similar but unlike a psychiatrist, we do not diagnose or prescribe medication to clients.
Yes. Our therapists have a minimum Masters qualification in Art Therapy and at least 750hrs of supervised clinical hours in accordance with ANZACATA requirements.
You will need an MA in Art Therapy to practice as an art therapist. LASALLE College of the Arts offers this programme in Singapore, and includes over 800 hours of supervised clinical practice.
Please note that short courses and certifications in art therapy are insufficient to qualify you to practice as an art therapist.
Single Session ($210)
We encourage new clients to experience one or two single sessions with our art psychotherapists before taking up a package to ensure the best client-therapist fit.
Package of 10 Sessions ($1800)
We highly recommend clients consider taking up the one package as it allows our art psychotherapists to have sufficient sessions to embark on a healing journey with our clients.
Package of 5 Sessions ($950)
From the second package onwards, if required.
Each session is up to 90 minutes long. Absolutely no artistic skills or prerequisites are needed for our therapy sessions.
On average our clients attend about 15-20 sessions. We recommend a minimum of 10 sessions for a start. Additional sessions may be added depending on each individual’s needs. Ultimately, it will depend on each client and their therapeutic goals.
The first session will be an intake session and a self-introduction session. You can expect to fill up several forms to gather basic details followed by a self-introduction art based session. We have a short video here that gives a quick overview of what a client can expect during their first visit from start to finish.
Making an Appointment
You may cancel or postpone your appointment 24 hours before the session without any fees.
All cancellations or rescheduling made within 24 hours of the session time and all missed sessions without notice will be charged for the full amount of the session.
Other Related Questions
No, you cannot do art therapy on your own just like how you will not be able to be a counsellor or psychologist to yourself. However, as art is a highly accessible medium, you can certainly use art as part of your personal self-care routine.
The simple activities done during our workshop can be used as art activities. However, it is important to note that art activities SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED ART THERAPY unless one is a qualified art therapist as they are well-equipped to handle difficult situations that may arise from the artworks created.
No. At Solace, we take on a proactive stance to promote mental well-being. Therapy is for anyone seeking to better themselves. It does not mean one has an underlying or diagnosed mental disorder when they attend therapy.
According to Dr. Daniel J Siegel, trauma is an experience or experiences that overwhelm one’s ability to cope. Traumatic events interrupt healthy attachment patterns such as emotional regulation, cognition and behavioural control.
Some examples include separation from parents, loss of a closed one or pet, sexual assault, physical, emotional or verbal abuse, school or workplace bullying, family violence or even accidents.
Traumatic memories are stored in our right brain and in our body, and often the traumatic memories are blocked in order for one to move on in life. Thus, one may not know that they may have experienced trauma and may be facing life challenges without knowing that it could be stemming from their past traumatic experiences.
Many who approach us for therapy, sometimes, are not aware of their past traumas. Since we are specialised in addressing clients' past traumas, we aim to identify and address their past trauma through art therapy.
By addressing past trauma, it often has a ripple effect on their existing problems. Other than that we are not trained to attend to clients with special needs.
For those who may not have experienced any trauma, we would continue to approach matters holistically and address their listed therapy goals.
Therapy goals will be listed on their first session and subsequently reviewed every 10 sessions.