FAqs

I don't have any artistic skills or talent. Can I still benefit from art therapy?

Absolutely. No artistic talent is needed on your part to engage in art therapy, only an openness to try something new. Art therapy is not about creating a beautiful art product (although that certainly can happen in the process), but more about tapping into the power of creativity to help us explore our concerns and move us towards healing. While I am trained as an art therapist, I am perfectly happy to just talk, write or use whatever means you are comfortable with to express yourself and explore your issues. Art making is simply one way amongst many to express things that sometimes words cannot adequately describe.

What is therapy like? What can I expect in a therapy session?

The general structure for therapy is simple-- we first connect at a consultation to see if I can help with the problem you're seeking relief from, then we will schedule to meet regularly (usually weekly, but could be more or less frequently depending on your situation). We will decide on some goals together and will spend our sessions working towards those goals.

Each session is usually 50 minutes long, although in-depth EMDR work could benefit from a 75- minute session. During each session, we will spend time talking, I might invite you to create some art, or I might help you with specific skills, but our work will revolve around exploring the issues that are important to you. There are no set formulas-- your therapy sessions will be completely tailored to your needs. I am very open and responsive to your feedback, if at any point you feel something is not working, we can try something else.
Within the safety of my office, you can expect to be able to say what you need to, and experience any emotions that you do. There are no 'right' or 'wrong' feelings in a therapy session.

How long does therapy typically last ?

The length of therapy depends on many different factors, such as what you want to work on, the history and duration of your symptoms, the pace at which you feel comfortable moving, and the treatment method that we'll be using. Therapy can last anywhere from a few months to many years, but is completely up to you.  Typically issues that have developed over a long time, e.g. complex developmental traumas, chronic childhood abuse, etc. will take longer to resolve, versus a one-time event such as a car accident, which could be treated more quickly with modalities like EMDR. It would be unrealistic, however, to expect complete resolution of issues in just 1-2 sessions, but at the same time, if you don't see any progress or notice any improvements after 6-8 sessions, then we would revisit if we are a good match for working with each other and we could explore other/additional services for you. 

Do you take insurance?

Yes. I am currently a Cigna provider and may become a provider for additional insurance panels. If you have out of network benefits, you could be reimbursed for our sessions at the rate your plan allows. Read more on my insurance page.

What is your cancellation policy? What if I miss an appointment?

I typically require a minimum of 24 hours notice for cancellations, though there are exceptions which I note in more detail on my office policy forms that will be provided to you when we meet. Usually missed appointments without any advance notice will be charged in full. If we are not able to reschedule a make-up appointment during the week, we could meet via video conferencing if appropriate.

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Valerie W Chu

180 South Lake Ave, Ste 340

Pasadena, CA 91101

(818) 659-5971

contact@valeriewchu.com