Thank you so much for your interest in The Artful Life Counseling Center and Studio LLC. We have put together this page of Frequently Asked Questions as a resource for anyone interested in learning more about our services.
Q. How can I get started with a therapist?
A. If you are interested in counseling for yourself or for a loved one, the best way to get started is by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Client Legal Name
Client Date of Birth
Contact and Number to Call
Our intake coordinator will reach out to you to find a time to connect over the phone for a 20-minute consult. The consult is free of charge and primarily serves as a way to get to a sense of the client’s needs, availability, and evaluate which of our clinicians would be the best fit.
If you do not have access to email or prefer the phone, please call: (978) 548-6288, ext 800
Q. What types of insurance do you accept?
A. This is not a straightforward answer. As a center, The Artful Life accepts a range of insurance plans however not all therapists are on every plan. This must be determined after a phone consult. Currently, we accept the following insurance plans for individual and family counseling:
Beacon ( Fallon, BMC Healthnet, Celticare)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Optum (Harvard Pilgrim, United Healthcare, Allways)
Tufts Commercial (HMO, PPO, GIC)
Unfortunately we DO NOT accept, Tufts Health public plans (i.e. Health Direct), MBHP, MassHealth Standard, Medicare/Medicaid. In addition to insurance, we offer a range of private pay options, and can accept payments via cash, credit cards, checks, HSA and FSA cards)
Q. I don’t have an insurance that you accept. Can you still see me (or my child)?
A. If you have another insurance that is not listed, check with your insurance carrier to see if your plan includes out-of-network benefits (OON). We also offer out-of-pocket rates, and accept payment by cash, credit card or check. Contact our Intake Coordinator about the many options available.
Q. How does expressive arts therapy work?
A. Expressive arts therapy is a form of mental health counseling that integrates a diverse range of art forms including visual arts, movement, drama, creative writing, music, and play to assist clients in visualizing emotions, reduce stress, increase self awareness and improve social skills. Expressive arts therapy often succeeds when traditional talk therapy doesn’t because we offer a hands-on approach that goes beyond words to treat underlying symptoms through both art making, and reflection on the process of its creation.
Expressive arts therapy recognizes that good mental health comes through practicing healthier patterns of thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Our trained and licensed psychotherapists help clients using a creative and interactive approach to visualize positive life change and achieve a greater sense of wellness.
Individual and family expressive arts therapy sessions last between 45-60 minutes in length and are typically scheduled once a week or once every two weeks depending on the treatment plan.
Q. I thought expressive arts therapy was only for kids...is this true?
A. Of course not! Expressive arts therapy is for everyone. There is often a misconception about expressive arts therapists working exclusively with children however individuals of all ages can benefit from our work. Expressive arts therapists can work with people of all ages and our modality is used to treat a wide range of issues and conditions, including:
Family and relationship issues
Anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions
Social and emotional issues related to disability or cognitive loss
Psychosocial difficulties related to medical illnesses
Life transitions, stress management, and general health & wellness
Often times when adults seek out our services its because they have tried talk therapy and are looking for something more interactive. We are also a trauma-informed practice and most of our therapists are DBT trained and a few therapists are EMDR trained.
Q. What happens during an (expressive) arts therapy session?
A. Like most therapy sessions it really depends upon the client’s treatment goals as well as the individual therapist’s clinical style however our team of therapists provide client-centered, strength-based and collaborative expressive arts counseling. We assist our clients to imagine a healthier and more fulfilling life through expressive arts therapy approaches. There are 3 basic categories of expressive arts therapy:
Sensory/Kinesthetic - A hands-on immersion in the sensory experience of art making can include:
Deep breathing through mixing colors or painting
Tearing paper or pounding clay for a structured physical outlet
Receiving sensory input through slime-making, sand tray, musical sounds, or exploring new textures and colors
Affective/Perceptual - Using the creative process to build emotional intelligence by identifying and expressing feelings and emotions, providing an outlet for creative expression, and to promote curiosity, empathy and compassion in self and others.
Cognitive/Symbolic - A way of using the creative arts to practice problem solving, cognitive reframing and restructuring, visualization of past, present and future experiences as well as making meaning in one’s life narrative
Q. Do you offer groups and workshops? Or are you willing to travel to provide services for a group or workshop?
A. At this time we are taking a hiatus from offering groups and workshops in our Beverly studio, however we DO offer a range of consultation services to create individualized expressive arts programs and curriculum school and community based groups and workshops that can be designed to address specific social and emotional needs for individuals ages 3 and up. We tailor our programs to incorporate expressive arts modalities to meet developmental needs and therapeutic goals to achieve positive outcomes.
In addition our team of expressive arts therapists also have a range of clinical specialties such as trauma-informed care, anxiety, mood disorders, parenting support, autism spectrum disorders, grief counseling, and vicarious traumatization and can design in-services and other programs for professional development. Our consultation fees vary depending on the depth and scope of the project however we work closely with our partners to provide a highly individualized program.
If you would like to discuss an expressive arts therapy program for your organization, please contact our Director of Expressive Arts Programming, Natalie Blue, via email: email@example.com