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About Art Therapy  Information for Young People


Art Therapy Can Help With...  

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


What is Art Therapy? 

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

Art making helps to explain feelings or experiences when there might not be any words to describe them. 

You donít need to be ígoodí at art to have Art Therapy.

We offer individual and group Art Therapy, at the same time and day of the week, at school and during term-time, or at Social Services.

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


Referrals for Art Therapy

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

Usually a member of staff or responsible adult will refer someone under 18 for Art Therapy. 

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 to discuss the referral.

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


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 start out as social workers, teachers, nurses or youth workers.  

Many Art Therapists work in schools, colleges and youth organisations, helping with emotional difficulties that can often hold back a personís ability to learn, seek employment, have good relationships or enjoy life.

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


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