Dramatherapy is a type of counselling that uses dramatic and creative tools. It is not about acting or being put on the spot, it is not acting lessons and you are not expected to perform. Instead you will be encouraged to use objects, stories, artwork, movement and creative techniques. These techniques help you to share, explore and learn about yourself.
Dramatherapy does not need to involve any talking. This is particularly helpful when talking is difficult, when the emotions or issues are unknown or when words are either too much or not enough.
Art Therapy, like dramatherapy, can be completely non verbal. It is different from art teaching in that it is not concerned with ‘good’ art. It is also not art as a hobby, or to improve artistic skills.
By expressing yourself through art, an Art Therapist can help you see things about yourself that you otherwise may not have. They can also help you understand thoughts and feelings that you are struggling with.
Although it can be hard to build up the courage, telling someone you trust how you’re feeling can help in lots of different ways.
Talking out loud about what’s going on in your head and explaining it to someone else, even if you think it doesn’t make sense, can make the things you’re worrying about seem much clearer.
Saying things can make them feel less frightening whereas keeping them inside only lets them build up and get more confusing. Talking to a counsellor can help you to see things from a different perspective and help you cope with difficult feelings and situations.
Dance/ Movement Therapy
Dance/ Movement Psychotherapy uses everyday movements, creative methods and sometimes dance to work through difficult emotions and problems. Sessions may include game activities, artwork, music and using props.
Difficult thoughts and feelings will be felt through your body as well as through your emotions. Your mind and body are connected therefore any changes that happen in the mind will affect the body and vice versa. By moving in different ways or becoming more aware of your body you can learn new ways of coping with the difficult feelings.
It is hoped that group work will allow young people to meet, and work with other young people with similar issues to themselves.
Hopefully this will lead to removing the isolation that is often felt by young people when they are experiencing some difficulties. It also allows them to share experiences and possibly help each other, which can lead to an increase in confidence and self-esteem.
The group is a non-judgemental space, and each person’s opinion and view are respected and upheld. Participants are invited to contribute as little or as much as they are comfortable with.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Horses are social animals and like to live in herds like families. Horses can read human body language and have a unique sensitivity to ‘tap’ into our individual unconscious and states of being. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy builds on this ability of relationship between horses and humans to express and explore our emotional issues by mirroring our behaviours and feelings. This can be used to draw parallels with a client’s inner world and their relationships with others.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy can help children & young people in:- feelings and developing emotional regulation; working through traumatic experiences; developing their own identity and sense of self; learning respect and health boundaries; developing compassion, empathy and self-responsibility; attachment & relationships.
Horses can provide an important attachment ﬁgure to children & adolescents who have experienced humans as unsafe.