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There are as many ways of doing art therapy as there are art therapists, but basically, the art therapist acts as guide and mentor. The therapist is available to help with the use of art materials if needed as well as providing direction if the client is having difficulty doing art spontaneously. But this is done sparingly since clients usually know best what needs to be explored. The therapist follows the clients’ lead and asks questions that allow the clients to make their own interpretations.
The art therapist is said to ‘hold the space’ which refers to making the therapy session safe for the client. That space is sacred—wholly for the client. Think of it as the art therapist providing the shielding hand, while the winds of life are making your flame flicker.