Frequently Asked Questions
What is integrative arts psychotherapy?
I believe that each person’s lived experience is unique. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult to find the words to express your feelings. To help you process your thoughts and feelings about the challenging aspects of the globally mobile lifestyle, I use integrative arts psychotherapy to tap into the power of the arts, dreams, and metaphor.
Though I am trained in traditional integrative arts therapy using seven distinct art forms (art; drama/puppetry; sculpture/clay; poetry; sandplay; music and bodywork/movement), I’ve adapted this form of therapy for the online setting. This includes a variety of creative self-expression techniques and the use of digitally-compatible art forms, including activities that clients complete “offline” or outside of our sessions for us to discuss when we meet.
Why choose integrative art therapy?
Good question. Integrative art therapy gives you the opportunity to express your thoughts and feelings through art forms that you’re already familiar with. Because in my experience, finding the right words for how you feel can be difficult, especially for people living globally mobile lifestyles. This is where tapping into different art forms and creative self-expression can really help.
Think about how you feel watching movies, listening to music, or reading fiction and poetry. Why do you do it? For me, these art forms serve as windows into our own feelings and emotions. Integrative arts therapy brings this unique power of the arts into the therapy setting.
How much does online therapy cost?
My fees begin at £85 per session, with concessions available depending upon your circumstances and employment status. Booking and paying for sessions online with credit card can all be done online using a simple process that’s easy to use no matter where you are. If you have questions about costs, please don’t hesitate to contact me—let’s not let cost be a barrier to your care!
What do I need for my first online therapy session?
Our first session together will be a one-hour assessment using Skype. So, I recommend that you have a stable internet connection alongside a quiet, private space where you will be undisturbed and are able to talk freely. Finding the right space is especially important if we’re planning to meet regularly, as it can make the therapy sessions even more comfortable and welcoming for you.
What conditions do you treat?
Though depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders are the most common conditions that I treat, these conditions are usually rooted in the distinct mental health challenges that “globally mobile” people face.
Many of my clients often feeling generally out of place, or like a stranger wherever they go. Some clients have trouble building lasting relationships, or feel a constant lack of emotional security that creates stress. Having difficulty communicating due to new languages and cultures can be difficult, too.
All of these challenges create various mental health conditions, of which I have extensive experience treating the following:
- Anger Management
- Eating Disorders
- Stress Management
- Work related stress
How long will our online sessions be and how frequently will we meet?
My goal is to work with you to design a therapy plan that makes sense for your particular lifestyle and challenges. After our initial one-hour session together, all of the following sessions will be fifty minutes in length. How often we meet will depend on the plan that we created together, an open and transparent process that I will monitor and adjust as we progress together.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
It wouldn’t be a globally mobile lifestyle if things didn’t change or come up on short notice, and I completely understand. To that end, I will do my very best to accommodate your request to cancel an appointment, though I do request a minimum of 48 hours’ notice. If you need to cancel a session, please email me and I will get back to you as soon as possible so that we can reschedule to a time that suits your schedule.
Is online individual therapy right for me?
In my experience, online individual therapy is well-suited to meet the needs of global nomads, expatriates, and third-culture people for a couple reasons.
First and foremost, living abroad, changing locations frequently, and calling many places and cultures home brings with it specific challenges, both physical and mental. My online therapy and counseling services are designed to bring the benefits of therapy to wherever you are in the world. You can easily book a session and start therapy right away, without having to wait for long periods of time to get on my schedule as you might with more traditional, in-person therapists. It is convenient and accessible to the global nomad in ways that in-person therapy simply cannot be.
Some people are hesitant to seek therapy online, in part because the concept is relatively new. However, over the past two decades, a number of different studies have shown that ability of online therapy to be just as effective—if not more so—in treating mental health conditions. Click here to learn more about online individual therapy.
Is online therapy as effective as in-person therapy?
Good question, and a valid one. Research from the University of Zurich showed that online therapy can be just as effective in treating depression, while patient satisfaction remains consistently high. Another study from Morneau Shepell indicated that clients feel just as bonded to their online therapists as they do for in-person sessions.
In my experience, the most important contributing factor to the effectiveness of therapy is finding the right fit for your personal situation. My specialty is online therapy for people leading globally nomadic lifestyles.