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About Art Therapy  Information for Parents & Carers

 

Art Therapy Can Help Children With...  

 

  • Anxieties
  • Emotional difficulties 
  • Worries
  • Aggression 
  • School difficulties
  • Phobias
  • Bereavement
  • Support for Young Carers
  • Adjusting to Nursery
  • Depression 
  • Trauma
  • Friendship difficulties  
  • Conflict
  • Fears  
  • Self-esteem    
  • Family difficulties 
  • Coping with physical conditions
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders

 

What is Art Therapy? 

Art Therapy provides a time and space for children to think and talk about any problems or conflicts.  

Art making helps children to explain feelings or experiences when there might be no words to describe.

We offer individual and group Art Therapy, at the same time and day each week.

We also offer parent-child Art Therapy where it may help a child's adjustment to school life and for parent support.

Art Therapy is normally provided at school during the day at Nursery, Primary and Secondary school, in hospital units or in Social Services Contact Centres..

We also work along side school staff, social workers and other health professionals, offering opportunities to talk about child development and the emotional wellbeing of all children they work with.

 

Referrals for Art Therapy

 

Children are referred to Art Therapy for any of the reasons listed here.

Usually a member of staff will make a referral.

Parents and carers will then be contacted by letter to ask permission for the Art Therapy to begin and to offer an appointment to meet with one of us, in confidence, to discuss the referral.  

Sometimes talking through a concern or worry can help resolve it. 

Some children might see an Art Therapist for just a few weeks, whilst others might meet regularly with the Art Therapist for a number of years. 

Support and understanding from the family are an important part of the art therapy process.

Parents and carers might want to meet with us to think about referring their child to Art Therapy at the school or through a social worker.  

 

Contacting Us

We are currently able to provide Art Therapy across London and the South East.

We are able to work in Childrens Centres, Mainstream and Private schools, in Community Centres, in Health settings and at Social Services.

If you would like to make an appointment, please do the following:

1.  Contact your school, social worker or health professional directly to make them aware of our service, giving them our email address. 

2.  Email us at info@arttherapyspace.co.uk:

  • Please leave your telephone number and a brief outline of your concerns.  

  • PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL CONFIDENTIAL OR SENSITIVE INFORMATION TO US ON YOUR INITIAL CONTACT

  • We will telephone you to discuss your concerns and obtain other relevant details.  

  • We will then contact your school, social worker or health professional to discuss how we might work together to create a space to provide art therapy sessions. 

 

How Art Therapists work

Art therapy has a long history in education, health and the voluntary services.  The first Art Therapy course in the UK developed out of teacher training colleges. Nowadays, Art Therapists do not have to train as teachers, but many Art Therapists still work in schools, helping with emotional difficulties that can often hold back a child’s ability to learn.

Art Therapists are also trained to work with families, members of staff and other professionals.

 

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