What is art therapy?
Art therapy offers a safe relaxed space for children to express themselves through creativity and play.
Sessions work on the basis that it can be easier to address difficult emotions through art than talking about them directly. In sessions, art therapists offer support and help children get a better understanding of their worries and concerns.
Children can find the process of creating, playing and making relaxing. It can offer relief from any stress or anxiety they may be feeling and it can help with building confidence and coping skills.
Our Art Therapy programme is aimed specifically at children living in Kinship Care.
We offer two types of art therapy:
- One-to-one art therapy sessions where the Art Therapist will provide one-to-one support to each individual in a confidential setting – either at our dedicated Art Therapy Room in Dennistoun or a community setting elsewhere – and help them to explore thoughts/feelings that are troubling them and/or they are struggling with.
- Dyadic (caregive / caregivers) is a joined-up way of working that focuses on developing the relationship between a child and a particular caregiver or caregivers. The Art therapist works with the child and caregiver together in therapy at least some of the time. The therapists will also have carer only sessions to develop understanding of therapy sessions.
Impact Arts offers three models of art therapy:
- One-to-one art therapy: One-to-one sessions between a child (aged 5-12) and an art therapist
- Parent/carer-child art therapy: Sessions involving a child (aged 5-12) their parent/carer and an art therapist, which helps develop bonding and attachment
- Therapeutic group work: Working in partnership with schools, an art therapist works with groups of up to six children aged 5-12 (group work is also available for those aged up to 15).
Who is eligible?
Therapy is available for children living in North Ayrshire aged 5-12 who are experiencing:
- Low confidence or self-esteem
- Challenging experiences at home or at school
- Loss or change
- Social or emotional difficulties
Our art therapists
Impact Arts' therapists are all registered and regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). All staff are required to join the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme.
Make a referral
If you know of a child who could benefit from this service, are interested in making a referral, or would like to find out more, please email email@example.com
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