What does a session look like?

A typical session might go like this:
You sit down at the art table, take out some paints or clay, and start playing with these. You might want to talk with me while you’re doing this, or you might want to focus on what you’re doing quietly. When you feel finished, you can show me what you’ve made and we can talk about what we see, how it relates to other images you’ve made and to what you’ve told me about yourself. In the art, we might see new connections between your thoughts and feelings and the marks on paper or clay — and this may lead to your making another piece, either during this session or the next.
Although I have advanced training in art therapy, I can’t “know” what your art means (in fact, no art therapist can know this; art therapy is not about analysing art). Together, we will make meaning from the combination of our conversation and your artwork.
In the beginning we will meet a few times to talk about what you’re struggling with, for us to get a sense of each other, sort out practical questions, and for you to tell me something about your history. Next, I will ask you to come every week (sometimes more often) for 50 minutes. Within this time frame, you’re free to use the art materials and/or talk in any way that feels right to express what’s on your mind. You may also find that as we work together, you start telling a story in pictures and words which helps both of us make sense of your life and your struggles, and gives you a different perspective on your world than you’ve had before.
Throughout the process, I will guide you whenever it seems necessary, ask questions, and make comments that aim to help you see yourself and what’s going on better. Usually I keep your artwork until therapy is over, so that we can always go back and see what’s come up before. One of art therapy’s strengths is that it can remind us from week to week of the issues at hand, and show a map of where we’ve been.