I work as a therapist in schools, for charities and in private practice. Everyone is an individual with differing needs, and I offer a safe, non-judgmental time where the focus is completely on you and supporting you.
For both children and adults, my approach is gentle, creative and you work at your own pace; there is no right or wrong way. Arts Therapy is a type of psychotherapy which equips me with both traditional counselling skills but also a chance to work creatively with what you bring up.
For example, a child will naturally communicate something of their experiences through play, drama and drawings and this can help them externalise and integrate difficult experiences and reflect on them. With adults, a session often encompasses a mixture of more traditional talking therapy, but with the option to use creative approaches, such as looking at images, a story with resonant themes or drawing. This can be another way to access feelings and experiences which can feel less direct and safer for some people who find it hard to put into words how they are feeling.
With everyone, the therapeutic space allows psychological themes to emerge, some known, some maybe not previously known, and to reflect on them in a safe way that can bring about emotional and behavioural change.