Life can get messy. Here at Dandelion, we practice in a studio-based model where you are surrounded by opportunities to get dirty and create. We pride ourselves on providing the best care for all of our clients, families as well as our staff.
We believe there is "no equation" to art or therapy. So, no art experience needed! We are here to guide you with materials, techniques and your goals. You just need to bring an open mind and a little bit of wonder.
In-person and telehealth options available.
LGBTQ+ Safe Space
What can I expect in an art therapy session?
Dandelion Therapeutic Art Center offers art therapy sessions in a relaxing, non-judgmental studio space where you are surrounded by opportunities to create. Our space looks more like an art studio than a traditional therapy atmosphere, and often we are making art and getting messy with you.
Our initial art therapy session is called an intake or diagnostic session. Oftentimes in this session, your art therapist might rely more on talking because we want to understand your goals, issues you are facing, past history and overall start to develop a relationship with you. However, creating and making is part of this session too.
All of your sessions are uniquely designed for you. There is no equation to art therapy. This means that you and your art therapist will develop a relationship that will blend together art making, creativity and talk to help you explore and address your therapeutic goals. In sessions, we may create art alongside you, teach you new techniques or even work together on a piece of art.
Our approach to the therapeutic process is based on creating a healthy, non-judgmental relationship valued on authenticity, compassion and creativity. Our team is trained as art therapists and counselors, using a range of modalities to tailor the therapy to the needs of each individual client.
How long are sessions, how often should I book?
Art therapy sessions are typically 45-50 minutes in length, dependent on treatment goals and age of client.
At Dandelion, we are very aware that therapy can feel like a big commitment for your time and money. With this said, you and your art therapist will discuss a treatment plan that works best for you whether you come in weekly, bi-weekly or even monthly check-ins.
How do I prep for a session?
We know that coming to art therapy can be a big step, even if you have done it in the past. So, you might be worried or unsure about coming into the studio and meeting your art therapist. We get that! Try to come in with an open mind and a willingness to work on your goals in a creative way.
Also, please make sure that you have filled out paperwork via our client portal. We encourage you to answer the questions in the intake form as honestly as possible.
If you are using insurance, we recommend you calling your provider to fully understand your health care benefits.
Do you accept insurance?
We are currently in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and Cigna PPO. It is the client's responsibility to check with their insurance provider to determine the level of coverage, copayment, deductible, etc. If you have questions on what to ask your provider, please do not hesitate to ask for help.
For clients using insurance, please be aware that you are solely responsible for the payment in the event that your insurance does not cover any, all or some of the cost of your services. In some cases, you maybe required to pay a co-pay. To help clarify and determine what your insurance company may or may not cover, contact your provider.
Is Art Therapy for me?
Directions & Parking
1767 W. Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
Montrose Brown Line Station
Damen Brown Line Station
Damen & Wilson CTA stop, route #50
Cash, check and all major credit cards are accepted. Payment is due at the time of service. Dandelion Art Studio is willing to discuss a sliding scale fee depending on the needs of the client which will be discussed and agreed upon prior to the first session.
We know life can get in the way, however we ask that you give at least 24 hours notice if you will be cancelling your session. Unfortunately, in some instances the clients will be charged for missed sessions without providing 24 hour notice (barring life threatening circumstances).