Nikki offers Distance Art Therapy via a secure and HIPAA-compliant video platform. HIPAA stands fro the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996; HIPAA sets national standards focused on the security of electronic protected health information in the United States, Canada and elsewhere.
What this means is that you, as a client, can be sure that your personal information is being encrypted and kept secure while it is being transferred via the internet.
Each client is unique – some clients choose to make art in sessions, some choose to make art as homework that arises out of the session; some choose to use writing and journaling as their creative process. Nikki works with each client where they are at, and within the frame of their comfort with the process.
Who Benefits the Most from Distance Therapy?
Distance Art Therapy can work for a number of situations, including:
*You are Self-Isolating for health or practicing Social Distancing
*You live in a small or remote community with no or limited access to in-person therapy
*You work away in a remote area for long periods of time
*You live in an area where art therapy is not offered
*There are financial barriers for you to travel to another community to access art therapy
*Although you live quite a distance away, you feel comfortable with Nikki’s approach to
therapy and want to work specifically with her
*In person contact with a therapist feels too emotionally intense
*Leaving your home is currently overwhelming, or you worry that you will have a panic attack when you are out
*You have a physical disability which prevents you from traveling to an appointment or accessing the Studio via the stairs
*You would not be physically comfortable in a studio environment
*You have physical needs that could only be met in your own home
*You have limited access to childcare
*You are a caregiver with limited personal time
*Distance Art Therapy is more convenient for your particular schedule
*Distance Art Therapy may be available sooner than in in-person appointment
*Your work situation will not allow the time it would take to have an appointment and commute to and from
Like in-person Art Therapy, the fees must be paid by the start of each appointment. For Distance clients, these fees can be paid by Interac Etransfer (no fee to use), or Paypal (with a fee), prior to your appointment time.
Distance Art Therapy works best with a strong internet connection. Internet signals that cut in & out will have a negative effect on your therapy experience.
To maximize your Distance Art Therapy session, please ensure that you have access to a quiet, private space with no distractions. Being interrupted by others often interferes with one’s ability to be present and drop into the session,; it also compromises your confidentiality. Avoiding other computer use and turning off any other devices also ensures you get the most out of your session.
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for Distance Art Therapy. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, psychosis, mania, are actively self-harming or are engaging in other behaviour that compromises your safety, Nikki is not able to provide Distance Art Therapy. However, she will direct you to in-person therapy alternatives or crisis/distress counselling services.
You will need:
- Access to a desktop or laptop computer (sessions can also be joined on a mobile device with the app installed).
- A strong internet connection
- Access to a microphone, webcam and speakers
- Access to art materials you would like to use and a private, uninterrupted space for making art
You will be given more direction regarding the free software to download for Distance Art Therapy during the intake/appointment conversation. Contact Nikki today to inquire on space available.