Office phone: (805) 652-
Office e-mailNovembercare@gmail.com         This is not a personal email or phone number. There can be up to a 48 hour turn around .

On Going 6 Week Groups: 
Art In Therapy  &
Healing & Wellness For Providers  

Open to all skill levels

 Facilitated by Artist, Psychotherapist, and Psychiatrist Margaret November, M.D.
Art instruction by award winning Fine Artist and teacher, Colin Fraser Gray

       Fine Artist and teacher, Colin Fraser Gray        http://www.colinfrasergray.com/

The benefits of Art Based Therapy for practitioners:
The arts can enhance your skills—improving your observational, diagnostic, and empathic abilities. It helps you to understand patients in a different way and connect with them on a more humanizing level. It helps relieve stress and build confidence. The group for Providers & Professionals meets Sundays from 10am to 1pm.

The benefits of Art Based Therapy for patients: Arts in health care programs and creative arts as part of therapies have been applied to a vast array of health issues—from post-traumatic stress disorder to autism, mental health, chronic illnesses, Alzheimer’s and dementia, neurological disorders and brain injuries, premature infants, and physical disabilities—to improve patients’ overall health outcomes, treatment compliance, and quality of life. The group for patients and their family members meets Sundays from 2pm to 5pm.



Frequently Asked Questions

Art In Therapy  Q & A

Q. What is Art Based Therapy?

A: Art has been used for centuries in healing rituals. Art in Therapy is a relative new therapeutic discipline based on the healing power created by using a different part of our brains than normally used by speech. Specially trained psychotherapist use art; within the context of a professional relationship to treat people who experience illness trauma; or challenges in living; and/or by people who seek personal development.

Q: What are the benefits of group therapy?

A: People who participate in therapy groups can benefit in the following ways:  give and receive support, gain understanding of problems and explore possible solutions, increase observation and feedback skills, enhance problem-solving skills, improve emotional expressiveness, decrease social isolation & develop good communication skills.

Q: Is there any time commitment?

A:  We ask that all participants commit to the entire 6 weeks of consecutive group meetings. This is important to building trust and safe environment for the group.  One of the most important keys to a successful process group is when all group members feel sufficiently relaxed and safe to talk as openly as they possibly can about any aspects of the group experience in which they choose to respond. Additionally, rather than just stop attending we prefer for you to make an effort to say good-bye to your fellow group members. 

Q. Can this therapy be covered by my health insurance?

A.  Group therapy may be covered in your Mental Health Insurance plan. We are In Network with Aetna, Cigna and Cottage Health System. Contact our office and we can check your your insurance for details. You can also check your group therapy coverage by calling the phone number on the back of your insurance card. 

Q. How do I pay? In full or per session?

A.  Your first session is required the first day. You must be paid in full for all 6 weeks by the 3rd session.  If you pay in full for all 6 weeks on or before the first session you will receive a $50.00 discount. We accept cash, checks and credit cards.

Q. Can I be sure what I say will be kept confidential?

A.  Everyone in the group will sign a confidentiality agreement. In group counseling, both the facilitators and group members are responsible for confidentiality. Dr. November abides by professional standards and will not release any information to outside sources without your written permission.  The only exceptions are in cases of imminent danger to self or others, child/dependent abuse, court order, or where otherwise required by law.

As a group member, you share the responsibility to keep confidential the identity of each group member as well as the information shared during the sessions.  If you have any questions about confidentiality, feel free to discuss them with Dr. November.

Q. Can I draw or paint anything I want?

A.  No. The art must be respectful to all attendees. Disparaging, derogatory or explicit offensive images, symbols and words are prohibited. 

Q. Can I bring my own art supplies?

A.  No. The art supplies are supplied because of allergy concerns and property rental agreements.

Q: Will I be forced to tell all of my deepest thoughts, feelings and secrets to the group?

A: No one will force you to do anything in group therapy. You control what, how much and when you share with the group. You do not have to share what you are not ready to disclose. In fact, you do not have to participate in group discussions.

Q: I have so much trouble talking to people; will I ever be able to share in a group?

A: Most people are anxious about being able to talk in group. Almost without exception, within a few sessions people find that they do begin to talk in the group. Group members remember what it is like to be new to the group, so you will get a lot of support for beginning to talk in the group.



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