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Group art therapy provides clients with the opportunity for socialization and interpersonal learning, a space to find reassurance, support and a sense of belonging. Art therapy group sessions focus on the therapeutic effect of art making and the creative process as a way of helping clients find release and manage emotions, whilst developing a better understanding of their experiences through symbolic expression.
Group work interventions may be thematic, which means that clients may be invited to reflect and address specific themes in their sessions, according to their needs. Examples of group work themes include "Support group for the helping professions", "Art therapy for mothers", "Group art therapy and loss", among others.
Group art therapy sessions are co-facilitated with a qualified experienced art therapist and are provided on the same day at the same time, and in the same physical space. It is usually offered in a closed group model, which is composed consistently of the same members and run for a fixed number of sessions (10 to 12 usually). In face-to-face group art therapy, materials are provided; if attending online art group art therapy participants will need access to their own materials. All sessions are strictly confidential and there is usually a therapeutic group contract created by clients and therapists together, ensuring that important values such as respect, safety and non-judgment are held in mind during group sessions.
If you feel that group art therapy would suit you, I would love to hear from you.
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