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Questions for Creative Therapists in Private Practice

Creative therapists are out in the world doing some incredible things in their private practices. “Creative” is my broad term for therapists that utilize the creative arts, such as dance therapists, music therapists, art therapists, expressive art therapists, etc.

When people know our businesses exist, they are excited for the services they provide. I want

more people to be aware of the wonderful work that creative therapists in private practice are providing. In an effort to do just that, I will be doing written interviews with creative therapists in private practice.

My purpose is many:

  1. Showcase creative therapy businesses so that more clients can find them and utilize their services

  2. Provide creative therapists in private practice with an opportunity to articulate their experiences

  3. Inspire creative therapists in private practice with fresh ideas, perspectives, and ways of doing business

  4. Encourage creative therapists who are considering opening a private practice

  5. Provide the public with a better understanding of what creative therapists do

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The interviews will be in a written format, where I will send a set of questions to the therapist. I will include required questions and optional questions (hey, we’re a busy bunch and I want to make this as easy as possible).

If you’re reading this, I would love your critical eye and feedback. Are there ways I can refine or clarify my questions? Are there additions questions that you feel would help accomplish my above purposes?

Here’s what I have so far:

Required Questions:

  • Your Name:

  • Identities important to you:

  • Name of your private practice:

  • When did you open your private practice?:

  • Website:

  • How can a potential client reach you?

  • Where is your practice located:

Optional Questions (Please select 5 you would like to answer):

  • Who is your ideal client?

  • What made you decide to open a private practice?

  • Please describe what ages and populations your practice works with:

  • What services does your private practice offer?

  • What is something that delights you in your physical space?

  • What advice would you give to other art therapists who want to start a private practice?

  • What advice would you give to art therapists in private practice who are struggling?

  • Do you practice in-person, telehealth, or hybrid? What fuels this choice?

  • How do you know the work you are doing is making a difference?

  • How do you balance the emotional demands of being a therapist?

  • What has been most challenging about starting a private practice?

  • What has been most rewarding about starting a private practice?

  • How do you ensure your own needs are met in your practice?

  • What’s a typical work day look like for you?

  • What are your hopes and visions for your business in the future?

  • Do you offer any workshops, retreats, or other group offerings?

  • Do you provide any courses?

Image Options:

Please include any pictures of you, your practice, or your art that you would like included with your responses.


Thank you for the help. You may leave edits in the comments.

If you would like to be interviewed for my series,

please email me at


Perhaps how are they advertising themselves? What's working/what's not? For instance, are they using social media/psychology today or therapy den/inclusive therapists. Would be interesting to do a review of all those...

Jackie Schuld
Jackie Schuld
Jun 16, 2022
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Yes!!! These are excellent questions and fundamental to our success. Thank you, I am adding them now.


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