Shanon Bostater Art Therapist, MA LLPC
Department: Limited Licensed Professional Counselor
Position: Art Therapist, MA LLPC
Art Therapy, Counseling
I graduated from Wayne State University with my Masters in Art Therapy and Counseling, August of 2015. Over the last 10 years I have had the opportunity to work with many populations and in various settings, some of which, include individuals and groups such as, behavioral health care with youth/adolescent, clinical office practice, the municipal court system, and Pediatric/Psychiatric Hospital. I have experience with domestic violence, battered men/women groups, women’s shelter, grief/loss, trauma, marriage, court ordered clients, and a wide range of clinical diagnosis.
My belief with art therapy is that it offers each individual a unique and interesting perspective about the healing process. My intention is to not only guide my clients through this process, but also allowing them to know that healing is possible while exploring these creative modalities. While thinking outside the box, art therapy offers individuals an alternative perspective for their situation(s), as well as providing them with additional insight and guidance for healing and balance. Art therapy is not about being an “artist” but instead it’s about the ART, the mind, and the soul. I encourage each person to express their thoughts and feelings while remaining kind to themselves throughout the process.
What is art therapy? According to The American Art Therapy Association:
- Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self- awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques. (Retrieved from American Art Therapy Association, http://www.arttherapy.org/upload/aatafactsheet.pdf, 2016)
Style of Practice
- The style I most often find myself drawn to is the person-centered and humanistic approach. I truly believe that each person is unique in a very personal way and should be approached in life, as well as in the clinical setting, as such. I strive to meet my clients where they are and make every effort to offer encouragement and support during their process of healing and growth. I am direct and open with my clients and encourage them to be the same with me. I often challenge my clients to step a little further each time so that they may gain the most from their own experiences and our time within this setting. I tend to have a more holistic perspective and make every attempt to be grounded and also empathic and compassionate with my clients. My intention is to offer my clients a safe and supportive environment to explore their concerns while experiencing growth.
Role of the Art Therapist
- to maintain a comfortable studio space
- provide art materials.
- support healing processes
- act as a witness to clients’ healing journey and life story
- to offer arts-based choices to the client, to interact with the client and the art that results
- when appropriate, create the art together
- offer client different ways of using the materials
- to provide a supportive healing environment that welcomes surprises and a deepening of the clients’ creative experience
- refer the client to additional outside support if it is appropriate
- to provide confidentiality to the client
Client’s Rights and Responsibilities
- Be on time and prepared to work during each session.
- Remain upfront and honest with therapist.
- Between sessions, take time to think about the concerns addressed in counseling sessions.
- When recommendations or homework is given, please follow through.
- The client has the right to terminate; please work with therapist on the process so that you are able to discuss and share what was useful and what could have been more beneficial.
- If at any time you feel that you may harm yourself or others, contact Rescue Crisis at 419-255-9585, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.
I will not share personal information about you, your life story or what happens in any of our therapy sessions to anyone outside the following exceptions:
- If the client requests that the therapist releases their personal information to an outside party.
- By Federal Law a therapist is required to:
*Report to authorities when they suspect a child or elderly person or persons with disabilities are being abused, neglected, or otherwise harmed.
*To comply with a court ordered subpoena
- I am mandated my law to report to the proper authorities, if a client reports a plan to
harm to themselves or to others.
Art within the Therapy Sessions
The client has the right to the art, as this is a part of the therapeutic process, and will be able to take all art home. Art will be photographed at the end of the session for the purpose of record keeping. If the art is unfinished it should be brought back to the following session.
*NO art shall be photographed and used for the purpose of promotion, sale, or advertisement unless the client has signed a release to the therapist for this purpose.