“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works: if from the head, almost nothing.” – Marc Chagall.
Art psychotherapy can be helpful for all ages and particularly for adolescents or young adults. It can help to address issues from bullying to body image, hard to control anger to exam/school/work stress, as well as the effects of grief and loss or abuse and trauma.
Creating something using art materials like paints, clay, paper cutting etc, helps to express thoughts and feelings, especially for things that may be difficult to put into words. It is not necessary to be ‘good at art’. The art therapist understands that this is the child’s or young person’s work and their process, and supports them without judging either what they do or how they do it. She will help the child or young person reflect and understand themselves better.
Everything that is said or done is kept confidential by the therapist although, of course, the child or young person can tell anyone they like about the sessions if they want to. If, though, the therapist is ever worried about the child’s or young person’s safety or welfare she will to discuss this with the designated safeguarding person to decide if any action would need to be taken.
Coming to art therapy would mean coming on the same day at the same time for quite a few weeks. This helps to develop a trusting relationship between the child or young person and the therapist which makes communication easier. Our art psychotherapist is highly qualified and and has wide experience working with children and young people.