Can Art Therapists Work Online?
These days, more and more Art Therapists are starting to work in private practice rather than solely being employed in an organisation. This may be something you already do, or are starting to do. And you may be also wondering, can Art Therapists work online, too?
It’s a new area, and although some counsellors and psychotherapists have been working with clients online for a decade or more, most are quite inexperienced in providing online therapy. And very few Art Therapists have begun to integrate online therapy into their practice.
After all, if you are an Art Therapist, Art Psychotherapist, or Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, your training will have been entirely focused on working with clients in the room.
There may have been little or no training on online matters, such as what should be on your website, and how to manage social media as a therapist. And most likely, your training did not even begin to help you think about how you might work online.
You might want to have some clients who you only work with online; or you might just want to have online working available as something to offer your clients on days when one of you can’t make it to your therapy room (think snow days, train strikes, a broken ankle, child off school, etc).
First, let’s backtrack a little, and think about why a client might want to work online, rather than face-to-face in the therapy room.
Why do clients want to work online?
A lot of people these days are choosing to access therapy and counselling online. Online therapy might suit a client better because:
- They travel a lot
- They have carer responsibilities for a young child or a disabled relative
- They suffer from agoraphobia
- They have a disability or a fluctuating health condition
- Their local therapy options are too limited
- Transport is a problem
- They don’t have time to travel to and from a therapist’s office during a busy work day
- They are a therapist or counsellor in a small community, and know all their local therapists socially
- Some other reason.
Can Art Therapists work online, just as many counsellors and other psychotherapists do?
Many clients are looking for online therapy. And many Art Therapists are looking for clients. A client who is seeking online help for their difficulties, might benefit just as much (if not more) from working with an Art Psychotherapist, as with a counsellor or psychotherapist from another modality.
Art Therapists (at least in the UK) have typically undergone a thorough psychotherapy training. With an MA as well as a Diploma, and extensive experience of recognising and working with the full range of mental health difficulties, Art Therapists may be more rigorously trained than many counsellors, making them very well placed to be of service to their clients.
What do Art Therapists need to know about working online?
If a qualified and experienced Art Therapist is wondering about extending their practice to include online working, they need to have access to good, solid information about online therapy.
This is why I’ve written my e-book, ‘Online Therapy: An Introductory Guide for Art Psychotherapists’.
When I was studying for my Diploma in Online Therapy, I was eager for information that could help me practise safely and ethically with therapy clients online.
I kept asking the question, How can Art Therapists work online?
Because I was unable to find anything specific about how Art Therapists might work online, I had to adapt and integrate what I know about Art Psychotherapy, with what I was learning more generally about online therapy/counselling.
I learned a lot about the practicalities of providing online therapy. I then translated the basics into an e-book, which I have since revised and updated.
The e-book is designed to help you think about some of the particular aspects of delivering therapy online. It includes a very thorough and detailed risk assessment checklist, and a good deal of useful, practical information about working as a therapist online.Can Art Therapists work with clients online? #ArtTherapy Click To Tweet
What You’ll Learn From the E-Book
This e-book covers the basics, including:
- Different options and platforms you can use for online therapy
- An introduction to the legal & ethical issues you must consider
- Extensive risk assessment checklist to go through before you start seeing clients online
- What you need to include in your Client Contract
- Ideas of some ways to work creatively in online therapy
- How to find out more about working online
… And What This E-Book Won’t Teach You
There are a quite a few things this e-book won’t teach you:
- This e-book won’t teach you how to be a therapist (it is expected that you’ve already completed your full training, and that you engage in ongoing Continuing Professional Development).
- This e-book won’t teach you how to make an online therapy session the same as an in-the-room Art Therapy session (as you can probably guess, that’s just not possible!)
- This e-book won’t teach you how to keep the art form as the primary means of creative expression and communication in an online session (I don’t think that’s possible either.)
- This e-book won’t teach you how to work online with child clients, persons with learning difficulties, or anyone who struggles with the basics of using a computer.
An e-book is not equivalent to a full training
Although it is packed with practical information (at a fraction of the price of a CPD event or training), this e-book is not intended to be a substitute for a fully comprehensive interactive training in online counselling and therapy.
The e-book is UK-oriented, but much of the information applies wherever you are in the world
I’m trained, accredited and based in the UK, so please bear in mind that the information given may need to be adapted if you are outside the UK, in accordance with your national or State legislation.
Access the E-Book Now!
You can get instant access to the e-book for £9.99 (in US dollars that’s approximately $14.00) by clicking on the link below. Please note: the e-book is viewable via a web page and also as a downloadable PDF. It is not currently downloadable to a Kindle.
If the e-book helps prepare you to be able to see even one client for one session (for example, one of your regular clients can’t come in on one day, but they could work with you online) then it will have more than paid for itself!