|Child and Adolescent Therapy
Art Therapy Works provides a safe and secure space for children
and adolescents to explore difficult issues that may have evolved
from the many incidents that take place in a young person's life.
As adults we often forget that what we think as being a
small problem can be a huge issue to a young person such as
losing friends and being bullied at school, a teacher shouting at
them, being worried about the next school test, family arguments,
a pet sick or dying. These are just some of the many issues that
can affect the development, confidence, self esteem and happiness
of a child's world. Other issues that can cause harm to a young
person's development are parental divorce or separation, family
bereavement, physical or sexual abuse, drug and alcoholic misuse,
a new sibling being born.
Children and adolescents need to express how they are
feeling. They need to be heard without interruption, so that they
can begin to understand the sometimes confusing world they live
Short excerpt from a process with a 11yr old girl
An 11 year old girl came to art therapy experiencing
difficult relationships at school. Her best friend was taken off
her by another girl... She makes friends with another girl and the
same things happens again, leaving her feeling alone and
isolated...she does not have anyone to sit next to in class.
The girl decided to use pastels to show the class
combinations. Whilst drawing she expresses her frustration and
anger going over and over again the combinations. This becomes a
regular feature of her sessions and below is one example.
Children and adolescents need to find a balance between
tension and relaxation, sadness and happiness, confidence and
humility. Often children need help in understanding why and how
things have happened the way they have.
Art, sandplay and puppet therapy provides children and
adolescents with an alternative to talking. Often they don't
understand why they are feeling the way they do. They can't find
the words to express what it's like living in their world.
Most children and adolescents enjoy being creative
especially when there is no competition or expectation to produce
a "pretty picture" or to get it "right".
Art Therapy Works provides an emotional and supportive place
where young people can be free to explore and talk spontaneously
about their problems, fears and anxieties without feeling judged
or awkward about what they are saying. Through this process they
are enabled to gain in confidence, self esteem and discover who
they are in relationship to the world around them.
|If you would like any more information please contact me.