We offer Art Therapy for children and young people from aged 5 to 18 who have experienced sexual assault/abuse. Weekly one-to-one sessions are held at a studio in Plymouth for up 24 sessions.
Children and young people often find it hard to put their painful memories and difficult feelings into words. As a result, they may become withdrawn or have sudden angry outbursts. Art Therapy is a gentle way of exploring one’s feelings: young people can offload their overwhelming feelings yet they do not have to talk about them.
Art Therapy does not require any particular art skills. The Art Therapist will help the young person to relax and to be themselves, and guide them to find their own way of working with art materials. They will not be judged from what they have created, and their privacy will be respected.
Towards the end of the therapy, the young person may be able to learn more about themselves, feel comfortable being themselves, and what they have been through. They may have a more positive outlook for their future.
Art Therapy is funded by BBC Children in Need. It aims to help children and young people gain a better self image, improve relationships with their family/friends and have better resilience to move beyond abuse.
Frequently Asked Questions about Art Therapy
Q: Will I (parent/guardian) be asked to attend an assessment prior to starting Art Therapy?
A: Yes, you will be asked to meet the Art Therapist for assessment. It usually takes about 90 minutes.
Q: What is Art Therapy?
A: Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art to assist the communication between a client and the therapist. It is a gentle and effective treatment for those who find it hard to articulate their feelings verbally, which is a common difficulty of people with traumatic experiences.
Art Therapy is only practised by a qualified Art Therapist; it is held in a confidential space with structured therapeutic boundaries.
Q: Does the child have to talk about what happened?
A: No. In Art Therapy, thinking about their thoughts and feeling is more important; they can be guided to do so only when they are ready.
Q: Do you provide an outreach service?
A: Unfortunately we are currently unable to offer this service.