Intermodal art therapy consists of employing several art mediums (for example painting,
drawing, writing, movement, clay work). Sessions generally start with verbal exchanges
between the client and the therapist (or between and with all the members in case of
group sessions) where clients' current issues are taken into account, or other upcoming
concerns might be addressed.
Painting, making music, writing or physical expression of dancing or movement constitutes
the second part of the session. However, using several art mediums does not mean that
shifting from one art form to another may occur during each session.
At times, a theme might be suggested, at other times not. The resulting artistic expressions
will thereafter be discussed between the client and the therapist in a non-judgmental and
non-intrusive manner. For example, what does the painting tell us, what do we see, what
kind of sound did I hear?
The sessions generally end by exchanging thoughts and experiences related to the occurrences
during the sessions, or other issues that might have appeared before or after them.
In the case of group sessions, the therapist will stand guard over each client's art works
and will guarantee a non-judgmental and respectful approach coming from the other members
of the group and herself.
Who might benefit from such sessions?
Any person who wishes to address past or current troublesome issues, which interfere with
one's life, might be interested in treating them through the means of art and psychodynamic
It is, however, important to stress that is not necessary that clients have any previous
knowledge or experience in the arts. The emphasis lies in the realm of therapy. That is,
a health professional will accompany persons through difficult times by means of
psychotherapeutic approaches, which include the arts. The possible learning of new
techniques is thus not a goal, but may be a welcome 'side-effect' of the sessions,
one that may subsequently empower the client.