'I am a qualified and registered Art therapist from Caritas Schools’ Service and I have experience working with children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. I use a child-led approach and use both directive and non-directive art therapy within sessions depending on the needs and wishes of the child. There are a variety of art materials provided in the sessions including paint, drawing materials, and clay. I will also do my best provide other specific art materials if requested. Art making can often be a more effective way to communicate, express and process feelings, than talking alone. This can be really useful when feelings are particularly challenging or upsetting, and words alone are not enough to express them.
I work either on a 1:1 basis or with an art therapy group, for example with a group of children who are facing a similar difficulty. The sessions are private and confidential, but I will maintain contact with parents/carers of the young people so they know what type of intervention their child is receiving and what general themes are being explored. This will be set out in a Working Agreement document which will be shared with and signed by parents/carers. You do not have to be good at art or make ‘good art’ in art therapy. There can be lots of benefits to engaging in art therapy, such as better self-esteem, greater self-awareness and an improved ability to manage emotions'.