Creative Arts Therapy

Creative Arts Therapy is a person led method of working with adolescents who are struggling with social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. Sometimes young people don’t have the words or they simply don’t want to use them. Through talking therapy combined with creative interventions like journaling, poetry, mediation and the Play Therapy Toolkit, adolescents are able to explore their inner world in a safe and creative way, to bring meaning and language to their inner world and work towards solutions. Creative Arts Therapy is suitable for 10 to 18 year olds.

Creative Arts Therapy Can Support:
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Creative Arts Therapy Can Help Young People to:

My Role As A Therapist...

To consistently interact with the young person throughout our sessions in an open, accepting, and respectful manner which allows us to build a trusting relationship.

Boundaries are set between myself and my client to determine an understanding of how we use the space, their input in this is important to me.

I remain non-directive In the early stages of therapy, which means the individual can choose what and how to use the room in an unrestricted way. I provide observations and reflections to help my client to learn more about themselves and their world. 

Once a relationship has been built and a direction of where the child is open for their sessions to go, I may then start to implement more directive and structured session to help them to work through what they are bringing into the space.

My Background

Before and during my first degree in Early Years Education, I had a range of different experiences from working in schools to contact centres and assisting to provide therapeutic support to children and families who had experienced Domestic Violence.  A combination of my character, own life and these academic experiences led me into training as a Play and Creative Arts Therapist with The Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC).

Whilst working as a Play Therapist alongside adolescents I decided to continue my training with APAC to achieve a Post Qualifying Certificate in Play and Creative Arts Counselling of Children and Young People to add therapeutic talking skills into my sessions with my older clients who needed that bit more from their sessions. I have over 3 years of experience working therapeutically in a secondary school, covering year 7 up to year 11.

I believe it’s important to give young people a safe space to have a voice and creative outlet, to hear their views and the challenges they face daily as well as helping them to bring understanding, meaning, motivation and positivity back into their lives. Having a good rapport with my clients is very important to me too and like to keep an element of fun in my sessions when I can.

I know that providing a holistic service is extremely beneficial for my clients. I have trained in Parent Child Attachment Play (PACP) and my practice is NVR-informed (Non-violent resistance parenting) to be able to support the parents and professionals around my clients so we can collaboratively meet their individual needs.

Services

I work with individuals face to face in schools. Creative Arts Sessions are 45 minutes and take place weekly, term time for at least a 12 week period. This period of time can be longer dependant on the clients needs and will be determined at the referral stage with regular reviews. I enjoy providing a well rounded service working closely and providing support to parents and professionals around my clients. I can be flexible and try my best to work with the needs of the school.