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WHY ART IS USEFUL IN THERAPY

whatshouldwecallarttherapy:

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When I scroll down on my Facebook newsfeed only to see happy people expressing how happy they are working at their dream jobs. How many supervision hours left until licensure and credentialing, again?

When I scroll down on my Facebook newsfeed only to see happy people expressing how happy they are working at their dream jobs. How many supervision hours left until licensure and credentialing, again?

SETTING UP A THERAPEUTIC OFFICE

othersideofthecouch:

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When I tell a new client that their symptoms may get worse before they get better.

therapistconfessions:

They’re just like:

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When I am having a little too much fun at work :)

When I am having a little too much fun at work :)

Spreading some self-love <3

Spreading some self-love <3

When an adolescent client keeps using some new acronym lingo that I am not young or trendy enough to know.

When an adolescent client keeps using some new acronym lingo that I am not young or trendy enough to know.

When a client throws me a last-minute bomb at the end of a therapy session.
"Oh, I forgot to tell you&#8230;.":
"I feel like hurting myself.""I was just diagnosed with cancer""I am thinking about filing for divorce""Daddy got drunk last night and came into my bed"
etc, etc, etc&#8230;.

When a client throws me a last-minute bomb at the end of a therapy session.

"Oh, I forgot to tell you….":

"I feel like hurting myself."
"I was just diagnosed with cancer"
"I am thinking about filing for divorce"
"Daddy got drunk last night and came into my bed"

etc, etc, etc….

Do you ever plan on opening your own practice? Do you work for a center to gain experience and then plan on moving forward, or do you know anyone else with this plan? I ultimately want to open my own practice as a therapist, hopefully with a specialization in art therapy, but I feel as though I'd need to work a few years employed by an organization to gain the necessary experience.

Anonymous

Thanks for your question!

I graduated with my master’s in May 2012, and I am still working on accumulating post-graduate hours for counseling licensure. I am actually working outside the United States at the moment, and I am skyping with a U.S. supervisor to count towards licensure in the U.S. I am still deciding between having an international career, perhaps with the UN or USAID, or returning to the states to build up a private practice. I do want to get a doctoral degree at some point.

Before building a private practice, however, I do need to work towards counseling licensure, so I can bill insurances. There are very few states that let creative arts therapists bill without counseling licensure - New York being one of them. However, even the states that let creative arts therapists bill require at least two years of post-graduate experience before obtaining creative arts therapist licensure and/or credentialing (and thus the ability to build a private practice).

Of course, you could decide to bill privately without insurance in a private practice, but being licensed and credentialed also means that you adhere to the ethical guidelines as a counselor or creative arts therapist. This is important in regards to obtaining malpractice insurance and in building clientele.

How I&#8217;d like to react when a client in group therapy makes fun of another client&#8217;s artwork.

How I’d like to react when a client in group therapy makes fun of another client’s artwork.

How it feels when all my friends were able to go to the ET Summit but I couldn&#8217;t afford the airfare or take time off work :(

How it feels when all my friends were able to go to the ET Summit but I couldn’t afford the airfare or take time off work :(

It&#8217;s even harder when you hold onto hope for so many clients.

It’s even harder when you hold onto hope for so many clients.

When the work gets to be too much.

When the work gets to be too much.

My apologies for be MIA lately. I’d been taking some time practicing self-care, and my blog was put on hold. But I’m back! :)

Compassion fatigue.

Compassion fatigue.