Our Therapeutic Services
We provide a range of creative arts therapies, designed to allow children and young people to communicate in ways that come most naturally to them, to process what they have experienced and overcome trauma.
We also provide therapy to adult family members, and find the creative arts allow adults to express their thoughts, feelings and experiences without having to find those difficult words.
Read about the different types of therapy we provide below:
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication.
It is an expressive therapy that aims to improve a person’s physical, mental and emotional well being.
You can work with many different materials in art therapy, such as paint, crayons, photographs and collaging.
Play therapy uses play, sand, objects and art, allowing the child to develop their situation or history, through metaphors. This is the easiest most comfortable way for a child to communicate.
This is used by therapists as a mean to initiate difficult conversation by displacing the subject from the child to the toy. By engaging a child with toys, you offer them a comfortable way to express their feelings without forcing them into what might be an uncomfortable situation.
This model can also be used with adults.
Music therapy can be a mix of playing instruments, listening to music and singing.
A variety of instruments can be used, including the voice, and the music created is often improvised.
Using music in this way, clients can create their own unique musical language in which to explore and connect with the world and express themselves.
Dance And Movement THERAPY
As people it can be extremely difficult to simply ‘put into words’ how we are thinking or feeling.
Dance and Movement Psychotherapy offers an alternative to those who may find it difficult to do this, using different artistic methods in the process.
Dance and movement therapy uses movement to help a client achieve emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration. The benefits include stress reduction and mood management.
(PARKS INNER CHILD THERAPY)
The aim of Parks Inner Child Therapy is to gain pace and resolution by taking the individual back to the feelings they felt as a child.
People who have been abused as a child often suffer with mistaken beliefs of blame and guilt, despite logic telling them they shouldn’t. This battle between logic and emotion can be very frustrating for the person. PICT teaches that, regardless of the events, because they took place in childhood there is no guilt, blame or shame attached to the child – only to the grown-up who chose to mistreat a child.
“Fast, thorough, rapid and gentle.”
– Penny Parks
Dramatherapy uses the healing elements of drama and theatre as the therapeutic process.
In dramatherapy, children and young people can play, create, imagine, and move, offering them a
variety of ways to express themselves.
Children and young people use metaphor to form a safe distance between themselves and the
material being explored. This can be done through characters, puppets, picture cards, story work, role-play, projecting onto objects, creating images and wearing masks or costumes.
Letting the future in (LTFI)
We deliver Letting the Future In, an evidence-based intervention developed by NSPCC and recommended in the NICE guidelines.
LTFI offers a longer course of therapy to young people, up to 24 individual sessions, and includes independent and joint sessions with a safe carer.
We were one of the NSPCC’s early adopters of LTFI and have been delivering the programme since 2018.
Click here to open the Therapy Service leaflet, designed for children, young people and their families before their first visit to IMARA.