expressive arts therapy and community center
art making for emotional, physical, mental, spiritual & social health
Children, Adolescents, Adults
Starting the process
Beginning a therapeutic journey can bring up a lot of intense feelings. People often seek counseling in times of crisis, which is also a time when people may want to rush through this process in order to find rapid relief. Though beginning may feel urgent, determining who can support you best during challenging times, and finding the right support for you is part of the service we provide. Our ARTrelief™ team is comprised of professional with different styles, who bring various skills. Click here to learn more about our team. Once you reach out, we will ask you a series of questions which will help us support you in finding the right match for you.
Insurance and Rates
Click here to see a list of the insurances we work with and our out-of-pocket rates. ARTrelief now requires a credit card on file in order to streamline payments and ease administrative load. A consent form will be provided to you at the time of you intake, that we will keep on file. For any charge you will receive an emailed receipt. If you only meet via telehealth, we can send you a one time invoice for your co-payment with the option to check off the box of adding your card on file. If paying by credit card is not possible, our administration will work with you to find a different payment method.
Please note that ARTrelief offers financial aide based on need, on a first come first serve basis.
ARTrelief will pause services when fees due are higher than $200, until a plan can be made for decreasing the balanced owed and resume services.
Length and Frequency of Treatment
Typical sessions run from 45mn to 1 hour, and people often meet weekly at the beginning of the process. However, the frequency and length of sessions can be mindfully planned to match your needs and situation. Shaping what the optimal support looks like for you, is part of this process. Depending on your intention and your situation, you may need short term relief, you may need crisis and stabilization relief, or you may want to engage in a long term process.
Services are typically rendered at our center at 151 Newton Street in Waltham, Massachusetts. However we also offer Telehealth services, and sessions can sometimes be rendered in your home, in schools, and in the community when this is relevant and meets medical necessity. We are committed to providing a service that is most meaningful and helpful to you.
Areas of Expertise
In alphabetical Order
Addiction (Alcohol, Cocaine, Marijuana, Tobacco)
Anxiety (Unspecified, Generalized, OCD, separation, phobias)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Behavioral issues (children)
Cultural Assimilation Issues
Couple Issues (communication, infidelity, intimacy)
Foster Children, Adult Foster Children
Health Issues, Cancer Patients
Life Transition Issues
Parenting Supports: Single, Step and Co-Parenting issues
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sensory Processing Disorder
Third Culture Issues
Trauma (Complex & Single)
Types of Appointments
The initial appointment, also called the intake, is a 1h to 1h1/2 long appointment where the therapist will gather background information about the client to be able to support them. This is also a when the client will sign paperwork allowing the process to take place, This is typically done with the client present and/or with parents when youth is involved.
Individual sessions: the therapist and the client (adults or youth) meet face to face to engage in the therapeutic process.
Parent sessions without youth present: the therapist reviews goals and progress with parents, parents update the therapist on the client's needs and significant life events.
You are responsible for calling to cancel or reschedule your appointment by calling your therapist at the number agreed upon. When clients don't show up for their appointment and don't call us, it is very disruptive in the process. For this reason, when cancellations are absolutely necessary, we appreciate as much advance notice as possible. Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours before your scheduled appointment, excluding serious emergencies (e.g. medical, accident, death in the family) and debilitating/contagious illness.
Otherwise, you will be charged a $50 cancellation fee.
Clients who have MassHealth will not be charged a fee due to their financial circumstances, however our general attendance policy is as follow:
If a client cancels scheduled sessions more than once a month, a conversation will be held to discuss better options to improve attendance and stability of treatment.
If a client does not come to their appointment and does not contact us, we will reach out to schedule another appointment, however if this happens again, we will no longer be able to reserve your individual appointment slot, and will discuss with you more appropriate treatment options.
Our services and space welcome all people; we strive to provide equal access to community mental health expressive arts therapy services to all people.
We are a "shoe free" space, all clients are asked to leave their shoes in a designated area in the the waiting room.
Parent sessions are required bi-weekly or once a month
No physical restraint policy
Mask optional policy
AVAILABLE FOR ALL AGES
Expressive Arts Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Parent / guardian Support
Solution Focused Therapy
Early Childhood Development