Art Therapy

Therapeutic Life Story Work

Drama Therapy

Music Therapy

Assessments

Our assessments are based on our therapeutic skills and knowledge and use a range of art and play based activities to gain an insight of the child's functioning. The range of assessments could include:

  • An understanding of the child’s emotional developmental stage.
  • Attachment patterns.
  • Sibling attachment where consideration is being given to whether siblings need to be placed together or separately.
  • Assessment of next stage in care planning for a child.
  • Assessments requested by the Court.
  • Psychological assessments.
  • Included in our assessment process may be the completion of standardised questionnaires about the impact of trauma and dissociation on children. (Briere's Trauma Symptom Checklist and CDEC Dissociation Checklist).

    Music Therapy

    Music therapy can meet and reflect awful experiences and mirror painful emotions safely. It can enable processing and assimilation of the emotional impact of traumatic experience. By musically relating with a therapist, a child might engage in a new ‘dance’ of attunement, where early intuitive emotional communication can be made evident. In this experience of being held in the minds and hearts of new carers, reparation may begin.

    Music Therapy

    Art Therapy

    Art Therapy

    Art therapy offers children and young people the opportunity, through art and other creative material, to explore and express experiences and feelings which can be too difficult and painful to put into words. Art therapy is not about being "good" at art nor is it about being taught art. The art therapist remains alongside the child or young person as they work through their experiences and facilitates them in making sense of their worries and helps them to find more manageable ways of coping.

    Therapeutic Life Story Work

    Therapeutic Life Story Work (TLSW) is a therapeutic “process” undertaken in a sensitive and gentle approach. This impartial direct work provides the child with vital information about their past, works through traumas, helps them to make sense of current behaviors/feelings whilst making links with their history. Working with the child, parent/carer, the TLSW practitioner aims to strengthen the relationship between the child and their parent/carer through a comprehensive process of discovery, exploration and understanding of the child/young person’s history and helps the parent/carer to understand the impact a child’s history has on current behaviors.

    Therapeutic Life Story Work

    Drama Therapy

    Dramatherapy

    Dramatherapy is a type of psychotherapy that uses objects, stories, artwork, movement, music and creative techniques to help them to share, explore and learn from their own inner world. This means that personal issues can be explored at a safe distance and addressed and resolved. Dramatherapy is not about acting or being put on the spot. It is not acting lessons and clients are not expected to perform.

    Training

    We can provide training in the following areas:

  • Working with children and carers together on attachment issues
  • Working directly with children
  • Attachment and trauma
  • Sexual abuse
  • What’s behind children’s behaviour
  • Supervision of Therapists

    We can provide regular supervision to other therapists.